Christian Horner would 'rather fix a fast car than make a slow one fast'

Only finishing half the number of races they start, Christian Horner insists he rather try “fix a fast car” than have to make a slow one quick.

Red Bull’s RB18 is a fast car, but it is also a very unreliable one.

In three races Max Verstappen has twice retired while running up in second place while the only race he has finished, Saudi Arabia, he won.

His team-mate Sergio Perez has also been bitten by the unreliability bug, the Mexican driver failing to finish the Bahrain Grand Prix.

It is a big problem for Red Bull as Perez is 41 points off the pace in the Drivers’ Championship and Verstappen is a further five adrift.

The Constructors’ isn’t looking much better, Red Bull with just 55 points, 49 behind Ferrari.

Horner is trying to find the silver lining.

He told The Race: “I’d rather fix a fast car than try and make a reliable and slow one fast.”

Max Verstappen has DNF's in two of the three races this season 💀 pic.twitter.com/fyapdlaghb

— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) April 10, 2022

But while that is a nice sentiment, who it isn’t doing is turn that pace into points.

Red Bull have three DNFs already this season with AlphaTauri also having engine related issues with their Red Bull-branded Honda power unit.

Horner says they have all been unrelated issues.

“None of them have been related so obviously need to understand those and address them quickly,” said the Briton.

But he is not giving up hope after all there are still 19, maybe 20, races to be run this season.

“Even on a day where we weren’t as quick as Ferrari, we had a guaranteed second place in the first two races,” he said.

“With Max we’ve given up 36 points for the team, and for the team, 50 points.

 

“When you look at that, both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship would be a lot different.

“There’s still a huge percentage of the championship to run but we need to get on top of the issues quickly.”

 

 

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