Horner prefers battle with Ferrari to “heavyweight fight” with Mercedes

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Christian Horner says he prefers Red Bull’s current fight with Ferrari to last year’s “gruelling season” where they were fighting Mercedes.

While talking about Red Bull’s current title fight with Ferrari, team boss Christian Horner said it was “very different” to what he experienced last year, while Max Verstappen was battling Lewis Hamilton.

“It’s very different,” the Briton told GPFans.

“It’s about what’s going on on-track rather than off-track. That’s refreshing. It’s always great to be racing Ferrari. They’re an iconic brand, an iconic team.

“I think that the racing between Charles and Max so far has been outstanding, and it’s been close and hard, but fair.”

Asked whether he felt any sense of satisfaction from last year’s iconic title fight, Horner said:

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“Not really. It was frustrating that there was an awful lot going on behind the scenes, and of course, as we were establishing new power trains business as well, that only heightened the tension.

“It felt like a heavyweight fight obviously last year throughout. Mercedes hadn’t been challenged previously, they’d never been beaten in eight years and they obviously didn’t like it.

“It was a tough season, it was a gruelling season, but it just demonstrates that anything in life is possible if you apply yourself and you want it bad enough,” Horner concluded.

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