Horner crushes rumors of Newey move to Aston Martin

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Horner crushes rumors of Newey move to Aston Martin

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has rubbished speculation that chief technical officer Adrian Newey is considering a move to Aston Martin F1.

Widely regarded as the most successful designer in F1 history, having penned winning cars for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, Newey's involvement at Red Bull has ebbed and flowed over the years.

But since the 62-year-old design guru has applied his full focus to F1, Red Bull's results have improved, with Newey's efforts spawning last years' race winning Honda-powered RB16 and this season's even more successful RB16B which has won eight races so far in the hands of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

However, rumors of Newey's defection to Lawrence Stroll's ambitious Aston Martin outfit recently emerged. But Horner has put the gossip to rest.

"Adrian is happy with us and has extended his contract," Horner told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He spent 16 years at Red Bull, loves our approach to work and remains super motivated."

While Max Verstappen's home win at Zandvoort allowed the Dutchman to reclaim the lead over archrival Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' standings, Mercedes stills enjoys an 18-point advantage over Red Bull in the Constructors' championship.

The fierce battle between the F1's two leading teams and their drivers is captivating fans who finally see a chance for Red Bull and Max Verstappen to put an end to Mercedes and Hamilton's long-standing hegemony in F1.

And Horner is just as exited as the sport's fans.

"The whole team is enjoying this season," he said. "It’s been an incredible run so far, we’re back competitive and fighting with all our strength, trying to put pressure on our rivals.

"It will be head to head until the last race, we have to keep fighting.

"The way Max is handling the pressure is fantastic. In Zandvoort, in front of the Dutch crowd, there were huge expectations on him and…. bang, he gave it all.

"In every race he is really getting everything out of the car.

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"Hamilton is extraordinary, he’s won seven World Championships, he’s the most successful driver in the history of the sport.

"But Max is pushing him, he is fighting him, forcing him to race at the top."

Horner added that the fearless Verstappen has no inhibitions about going wheel-to-wheel with his seven-time world champion adversary.

"Because of his warrior character, Max would fight anyone who was fastest on the track," he said.

"He just wants to win. It doesn't matter if he has to beat Hamilton, Leclerc or anyone else to do it."

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Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP

After the drama it endured at Monza, the Mercedes team heads to the Russian Grand Prix with a... The post Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP appeared first on F1i.com.

Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP

After the drama it endured at Monza, the Mercedes team heads to the Russian Grand Prix with a sense of calm determination says Toto Wolff.

The Brackley squad saw its chances of clinching a race win in Italy squandered by a mid-race clash between Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The run-in between the two title protagonists paved the way for a sensational McLaren 1-2 while Valtteri Bottas upheld Mercedes' honor by stepping on to the podium.

But overall, it was "bittersweet" weekend for the reigning world champions.

"After a demanding and intense triple-header, we are reenergised and ready to go," said Wolff in Mercedes ahaed of this week's round of racing at Sochi.

"Last time out in Monza was bittersweet - a commanding performance and strong result for Valtteri but a feeling of missed points for Lewis, who had the potential to fight for the win.

"The pleasing thing is that the W12 looks competitive and with just eight races to go, now is the time to use our experience and focus on the details and processes which will get us over the line."

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To say that Mercedes has always gone well at Russia's F1 venue would be an understatement as the German manufacturer has prevailed in every single Russian Grand Prix held along the shores of the Black Sea since the event's inclusion in the world championship in 2014.

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"We're looking forward to racing again in Russia, it is a circuit we've gone well at over the years and both our drivers have enjoyed great results in Sochi," added Wolff.

"We're hoping to continue our run of success in Russia but know that this year is an entirely different beast, and we're expecting another intense weekend.

"Last year, this race was one of the first to welcome fans back to the grandstands and it was incredible to feel the passion and buzz of the crowds again.

"We've just been treated to fantastic support in Spa, Zandvoort and Monza, and this weekend will be no different."

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Hamilton will be gunning for a fifth career victory at Sochi while Bottas has won twice in Russia, the Finn collecting his second win in 2020.

"Our aim is to pull together a strong weekend, starting in FP1 and building one session at a time," said Wolff.

"Lewis is in the tenth championship battle of his F1 career, and he is laser focused on what he needs to deliver in the next eight races.

"As for Valtteri, he's driving better than ever, like we saw in Monza - and he will be flat out every weekend.

"There's a calm determination about the team right now and the business end of a season, fighting for championships, is exactly what we enjoy the most."

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