Horner doesn’t want a repeat of the 2021 Hamilton title fight

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says there’s “not one ounce” of him wishing for a repeat of the 2021 title fight with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

As Formula 1 prepares for the summer break, Max Verstappen and Red Bull have a lot to be happy for. They are finishing off the first half of the 2022 season with an 80 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship, and a 97 point lead in the Constructors’ Championship.

Last year the battle between Verstappen and Hamilton, and Red Bull and Mercedes was a lot closer at this point. Christian Horner says he wouldn’t like a repeat of that.

“There’s not one ounce of me that wishes that,” the Briton said.

“Last year was a heavyweight bout that went 22 rounds. And I’d prefer not to have to go through that again.”

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However, Horner is aware there are more challenges ahead, with Ferrari still in the hunt and Mercedes getting stronger with each race.

“The points tables look healthy, and it’s a great way to sign off into the summer break. But there is still a lot of racing to go.

“Ferrari are quick, Mercedes are coming back into the game. There’s still a long, long way to go in this championship, plus a sprint race. We don’t take anything for granted.

“There’s still a lot of racing to do, and they’re very different venues,” Horner concluded.

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