In a conventional column, the pinnacle of Purple Bull Racing, Christian Horner, summarized the outcomes of the previous season and outlined the workforce’s duties in 2021.
Christian Horner: “I need to begin by taking off my hat to everybody concerned in our sport. It is not simply in regards to the holder of business rights, however about everybody – the FIA, groups, racetracks and the press. Finishing up 17 levels of the championship, given all of the difficulties that we confronted this yr, is an unimaginable achievement that reveals what Method 1 is able to once we all work collectively.
One of many proofs that Method 1 is one large household was a venture to develop synthetic lung air flow units. The workforce spirit and engineering prowess of our and different groups, in addition to the widespread efforts, allowed us to do what would usually take years of growth in 4 weeks.
After all, there have been shiny moments on the monitor too. Profitable the seventieth Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone and successful the ultimate race of the season in Abu Dhabi are moments that the workforce will rejoice. We received each of those races in a direct confrontation with Mercedes, the success didn’t come from easy luck. Max has carried out extremely this season and grabbed each alternative with each arms.
As for his accomplice Alex, for him the second season in Method 1 become a yr of intensive coaching. The highlights had been the primary podium in Mugello and the second in Bahrain. It is all the time troublesome to be on the identical workforce with Max, who has already had six seasons. Plus, Max is arguably the perfect driver within the championship, however Alex realized so much from Max they usually labored nice collectively.
The query of who will grow to be Max’s accomplice in 2021 turned out to be debatable. Generally even doubts arose about Alex’s capabilities, which imposed further strain on him. Nonetheless, Alex did an important job. I used to be amazed at how a lot power, resilience and quietness he confirmed all through the season.
All of us needed Alex to maintain the place in 2021. That’s the reason we made the choice on the finish of the season, once we had all of the details about the performances at our disposal. Contemplating the distinction between our riders and given Sergio’s sturdy efficiency, particularly within the second half of the yr, we determined that Sergio will get a seat in 2021.
Alex will stay an necessary member of the workforce and give attention to getting ready for 2022, when he’ll, in fact, once more be a contender for a spot behind the wheel. Alex is likely one of the most humble riders we now have ever labored with and is revered within the workforce.
For the primary time since 2007, we determined to ask a driver not from our program, however we’d like a powerful workforce to battle Mercedes. Sergio’s expertise will likely be essential subsequent season and we sit up for welcoming him to the workforce.
The winter will likely be very quick, as we’ll end the work per week earlier than Christmas, and in early March we may have exams. Having completed second in 2020, we’re filling the hole between Mercedes and the remainder of the peloton.
The problem is to make life much more troublesome for Mercedes. That they had an unimaginable season, and we pay tribute to their achievements, however within the final three or 4 races we now have gained a really excessive tempo. And though the championship is over, I sit up for the chance to attract conclusions from what we now have realized this season.
I additionally hope we get again to regular. The stage in Abu Dhabi with out followers turned out to be slightly unusual. Normally there’s a very shiny environment on the monitor, however we missed it this yr.
Now we have incredible followers who all the time help us – each throughout victories and through defeats. We’re extremely grateful for his or her help and hope that subsequent yr we are able to share the success with them.
It stays for me to thank our companions who helped us on this troublesome yr. I want you and your households a Merry Christmas and a Pleased New 12 months! “