Christian Horner says Mercedes had “a hangover” from 2021

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says it was “incredible” to beat Mercedes in 2021 and 2022, and adds the German team “had a hangover” from last year.

After the controversial ending of the 2021 season, which saw Lewis Hamilton unjustly lose the title fight to Max Verstappen, after the race director changed the rules on the fly, Red Bull came back strong in 2022 and dominated the season.

In an interview with, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was asked if he would have believed “the storyline” of the 2022 season, “had it been written before racing got underway”.

“You would never have believed it,” Horner said.

“I think that especially off the back of last year, that took so much energy, last year’s championship, and you could see Mercedes had a hangover from that this year.

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“I am just incredibly proud of the whole team, how it raised the bar again and came back fighting, adapting to the regulations, and being strategically sharp.

“We were on it when we needed to be, and both drivers played their part with some massive victories.”

He was then asked to clarify why he thought Mercedes had a ‘hangover’.

“It was the first time they didn’t have a dominant car,” Horner replied.

“So to be able to beat them last year and to beat them again this year has been an incredible performance,” he concluded.

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