Horner: We’ll recover after disastrous year

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has congratulated Mercedes on their Constructors’ title, but has warned that his team are determined to regain their crown.

After four consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships, Red Bull have had to play second fiddle to Merc this year with the Brackley squad wrapping up the team title in Russia over the weekend.

Horner was quick to offer his congratulations to his rivals, but says they will bounce back next year.

“Congratulations to Mercedes and all their guys who have designed and made the power unit. They’ve done a really incredible job this year,” he said.

“They’re deserving champions, with the Constructors’ trophy going 12 miles up the road.”

He added: “Hopefully next year we’ll put up a good fight to try and get it back to Milton Keynes.

“Hopefully as the power units converge into next season we should be able to give them a much bigger fight.”

Despite a poor campaign by their high standards, Red Bull are second in the standings and have managed to win three races courtesy of Daniel Ricciardo.

“We’ve had a little bit of time to get our heads round it – from February in reality,” Horner said.

“In all honesty, Mercedes have done the best job this year, but all it does is motivate you.

“You know how much work goes into winning a Championship, and to win it four times in a row is an enormous achievement.

“We’ve had a disastrous year, but we’re still second and we’re the only (other) team to have won a grand prix, and three of them at that this year.

“What we’ve managed to recover out of this season, and the fact we have managed to take them this far into it, is very much a result in itself.”

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