Christian Horner responds to Lewis Hamilton’s ‘fastest car ever’ comments

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After the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said the Red Bull RB19 is “the fastest car I have seen”. Christian Horner says “it’s very flattering”.

After the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton pointed out how dominant the 2023 Red Bull was compared to everybody else on the grid.

“I have definitely never seen a car so fast,” Lewis said at the time.

“When we were fast, we were not that fast. That is the fastest car I have seen, especially compared to the rest.

“I don’t know how, but he [Verstappen] came past me with some serious speed and I didn’t even bother to block him because there was a massive speed difference.

“Everyone wants to see a close battle, but it is the way it is.

“It is not my problem, it is not my fault,” he concluded.

Some pundits, including Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz then pointed out that Lewis was right, and implied that this fact raises some questions about the RB19.

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This obviously piqued the media’s interest, so ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, they asked Red Bull team boss Christian Horner about Hamilton’s comments.

“Well it’s very flattering particularly considering some of the cars Lewis has driven in recent history,” Horner said.

“We’ve got a great car. RB19 is a fantastic starting point for the season for us and to have achieved two 1-2 finishes in the first two races is more than we could have ever expected coming into this season.”

Horner also added that he expects other teams to catch up at some point.

“We are conscious that it’s a very long season. There’s still 21 races to go and six sprint races, and we’re conscious that big updates are coming to others in the coming weeks as we head back to Europe.

“There’s still a lot to do and there’s an awfully long way to go,” the Briton concluded.

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