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Verstappen would beat Hamilton in straight track fight: Red Bull’s Horner

• ‘From what I see I would absolutely back Max,’ says Horner• Horner says ‘elements are starting to come into place’ for teamThe Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, believes his driver Max Verstappen would beat Lewis Hamilton in a straight fight…

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Christian Horner: ‘The F1 product is fundamentally wrong and needs addressing’

Red Bull’s team principal feels that last week’s French Grand Prix was one of the most boring he has ever been involved inSimple, straight answers are often rare in Formula One, so the honest and the heartfelt stand out immediately. As the Red Bull tea…

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Max Verstappen will be compelling F1 watch, more so if engine can deliver

Dutchman is starting his fifth season in F1 and the principal thinks that the 21-year-old’s work with Honda will produce and more invested and rounded driverMad Max no more was the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner’s assessment of his driver Max…

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Christian Horner: Liberty Media underestimated what it took on in F1

• Red Bull principal questions American owners’ approach• ‘They probably thought there was some very low-hanging fruit’Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, believes Formula One’s owner, Liberty Media, has seriously underestimated the challenge …

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Christian Horner questions Mercedes tactics at Austrian Grand Prix

• Red Bull principal thinks team can still win title• Horner calls Mercedes strategy in Austria ‘bizarre’The Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, has described Mercedes’s decision to have their chief strategist, James Vowles, publicly apologise f…

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner lends support to F1 testing in Bahrain

• Snow in Barcelona means a day of testing is lost• Horner: ‘Anywhere would be better than sitting in the snow’Formula One lost a day of testing here because of the cold weather that has engulfed Europe. With only eight practice days to shake down the …

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Daniel Ricciardo: ‘If there is friction with Max at Red Bull, that’s part of the game

Amiable Australian knows he may have to be ruthless with teenage team-mate Max Verstappen if Red Bull are in with a shout of the F1 title this season

Daniel Ricciardo smiles – as he usually does – and accepts this season may be different from the last. In 2016, with his Red Bull fighting for scraps behind the dominant Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, there was harmony in his partnership with Max Verstappen, the team’s thrilling but raw new driver.

Now with a car that could prove far more competitive, the Australian driver is aware the fight between him and his team-mate, which starts on Sunday at his home grand prix, could turn the atmosphere within Red Bull a good deal more ruthless.

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner says F1 is in need of competitive racing

Team principal believes new owners must act if Mercedes continue to dominate the sport but imposing artificial restrictions would not work

Further sustained dominance by Mercedes would be unpalatable for Formula One, according to Christian Horner, and the Red Bull principal believes the sport’s new owners, Liberty Media, would surely have to act if the world champions prove yet again to be far ahead of the rest of the field under the new regulations which are set in place for the next three seasons.

But Ross Brawn, Liberty’s new motor sports director, has made it clear that no artificial curbs would be imposed on any F1 team because of their success.

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Christian Horner bullish about rise of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo

With Red Bull having secured second place before the final F1 race, Horner expects his pair to close the gap on Mercedes next season

Christian Horner is one of the few people in these parts not preoccupied by Sunday’s title tussle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Instead, the Red Bull principal wants to celebrate the performances of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo this season, and few could blame him: Ricciardo will finish third in the drivers’ championship and the sensational Verstappen, who wowed everyone in the last race in Brazil, could be fourth.

Horner says he has never seen a driver as good as Verstappen at his age. “He surprises us continually,” he said. “From his first race in the car to his performance in the last race in Brazil, he’s been absolutely fantastic.

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Watson wants Formula One to ban radios following Nico Rosberg penalty

• Mercedes decide not to appeal against place deduction
• Lewis Hamilton reflects on ‘best week I have had all year’

The former British Grand Prix winner John Watson wants to see radio communications banned in Formula One to end the current confusion.

Watson, who watched Sunday’s race at Silverstone which ended with Nico Rosberg being demoted from second to third place after receiving instructions concerning his problems with seventh gear, thinks the simplest solution would be to ban communications altogether.

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Five things we learned from Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix success

Max Verstappen has put Monaco behind him, Hamilton’s relationship with Nico Rosberg has not improved but he is on good terms with Sebastian Vettel

Monaco could not have been much worse for Max Verstappen, he finished in the wall three times in Monte Carlo, the third, in the race, ending his afternoon. Worse still that final crash was virtually identical to his first, suggesting he was failing to learn from his mistakes. It had been a sobering weekend after the elation of a debut F1 win in the previous round in Spain, and in Montreal the Mercedes’ executive director, Toto Wolff, stirred things further. “Max Verstappen acts more like a teenager. In the car he’s extremely good but, when you interact with him, he’s a kid,” he said. Already doubtless banned from a night on the cider, hanging around outside the chippy trying to impress girls with the moves on his BMX after Monaco, this will have stung. His reaction was a drive of exceptional maturity to hold off the charging Nico Rosberg at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Verstappen defended fourth from Rosberg for several laps toward the end of the race with all the skill of a seasoned pro and was so successful that eventually a frustrated Rosberg was forced into a spin. “Monaco was a tough weekend for him,” said Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner. “But the way he has bounced back here, the confidence he has had, throwing the car around, was great. It was a pretty mature drive for somebody that Mr Wolff said was not quite as mature as he thought. He looked pretty mature to me when he was fending off his very experienced driver.”

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Christian Horner sees Red Bull F1 positives and frustrations in Monaco

• ‘There was a victory up for grabs’ after Daniel Ricciardo’s second place
• Red Bull sign new deal with Renault for engines in 2017 and 2018

Christian Horner appeared unsure whether to weep or crack open the champagne after a momentous Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

Red Bull’s team principal saw his drivers enjoy another very competitive weekend, but he also knew Daniel Ricciardo should have followed up Max Verstappen’s sensational victory in Barcelona with another win here.

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Hamilton v Rosberg is tame compared with Vettel v Webber – Red Bull’s Horner

• ‘In sport we need more that’s taking it to the extreme,’ says Christian Horner
• ‘I would be amazed to see Hamilton and Vettel sitting in the same team’

Christian Horner wants to see more aggressive rivalry between team-mates in Formula One and says Lewis Hamilton’s jousting with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes is extremely mild when placed beside the enmity that existed between his former drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber a few years ago.

Related: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber drama is just like Wacky Races | Marina Hyde

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Christian Horner calls on all parties to save F1 at crucial Geneva meeting

• Red Bull chief urges approval of radical plans to revitalise F1
• Horner: ‘It is a great opportunity to do something fantastic’

An impassioned cry almost drowned out the sound of Formula One cars coming back to life at the Circuit de Catalunya, as Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, implored the sport to save itself at a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday afternoon.

The meeting is, effectively, the last chance for F1 to endorse a series of radical proposals to revitalise the sport in 2017 with more aggressively designed cars with wider tyres that are more difficult to drive and five seconds a lap quicker.

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Testing, testing: watch out for Ferrari, Red Bull and new kids on the F1 grid | Paul Weaver

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton may be clear favourites for the F1 honours again but there will be other interesting subplots in Barcelona, including Haas who look like being the best prepared new team of recent yearsYou may not necessarily associate bobbl…

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner hopes Renault reconciliation can revive team

• Horner complimentary over engine improvements after two-year spat
• ‘There’s a confidence from Renault we haven’t seen for some time’

Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, has extended an olive branch to Renault, suggesting the combination that once dominated Formula One could be ready to end a two-year spat and agree on another long-term partnership.

Peace broke out as Red Bull launched their new 2016 livery in London on Wednesday, with Horner saying he had been encouraged by the progress made by Renault in the winter. The Renault-powered Red Bull won eight world championships in their glory seasons between 2010-13 but the relationship soured in 2014 when the French engine manufacturer struggled to come to terms with the new turbo hybrid power units.

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F1 planning group must get it right for 2017, says Christian Horner

• Red Bull chief calls for unity rather than ‘self-interest’
• Formula E ’full of all the people who didn’t quite make it in F1’

Wednesday’s Formula One strategy group meeting will have a crucial bearing on the future of the sport, according to the Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner.

F1 has been buffeted by criticisms from all quarters this season, against a background of declining live and TV audiences, and Horner said: “I think it’s a crucial meeting. Really, some actions needs to come out of it. The time for talking has now come and gone. There needs to be some definitive actions following the meeting, which hopefully will be achieved.”

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Red-faced Red Bull know they have fallen a long way from former F1 glories

The Austrian team must endure their home grand prix with their penalised cars at the back of the grid and the days of double world titles a distant memory

There is a frisson of Camelot in the white-tented village that is the Red Bull Ring in verdant Spielberg. The fabulous court of the team owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, is situated in the densely forested hills and mountains of Styria and it is Formula One’s most scenic setting.

But the Red Bull owner Mateschitz’s very own Sir Lancelot, in the guise of the team principal, Christian Horner, looked a much happier man at last year’s Austrian Grand Prix than he does before Sunday’s race.

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Moneyed Monaco and 2017 refuelling hype overshadow F1’s real issue

F1 strategy meeting should be remembered for what was not discussed: how to reduce costs for teams struggling to make it to the grid
F1 to bring back refuelling for 2017 in pursuit of noisier, faster cars
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Red Bull’s Christian Horner asks FIA for help to save F1 season

• Horner worried Mercedes will dominate every grand prix
• Horner fears public interest will wane in F1
• Hamilton starts title defence with win in Australia

Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, maintaining a straight face throughout, has asked the FIA to step in and save the Formula One season by making Mercedes slower.

After Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had confirmed the total dominance of the Mercedes team with a 1-2 result in the Australian Grand Prix, Horner said, with some justification: “On today’s evidence we are set for a two-horse race at every grand prix this season.”

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