F1, Red Bull: Christian Horner names two names for the future
Christian Horner praised the performance of some Red Bull Junior Team drivers.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, speaking during the ‘Beyond the Grid’ podcast, was keen to highlight the presence of promising youngsters in the Austrian team’s Junior Team, in particular 2004 class Isaac Hadjar and 2001 class Ayumu Iwasa.
“I would say that the Red Bull Junior Team is in good shape. We are continuing to invest in young people. We have some great talent in the program, from karting or Formula 4 and up. I think Red Bull has done a great job, giving these kids a chance and giving them opportunities they would not have had otherwise,” explained the former British driver.
“There are some guys to keep an eye on, like Isaac Hadjar, this year in Formula 3, who had a great debut season. For me, also, Ayumu Iwasa was also a standout driver in F2, and those are just two of the guys in the program. Unfortunately, Liam Lawson had a tough year, but he is another talent, as is Dennis Hauger, who has been a bit underwhelming in F2 after a dominant year in F3,” continued Christian Horner, also praising those who have struggled the most in the past year.
It was Sebastian Vettel who was the first driver to win a world championship with Red Bull. The German put everyone in line for four years in a row, from 2010 to 2013. The Austrian stable returned to success in 2021 thanks to Dutchman Max Verstappen, with the son of art repeating the following year. If there was a battle to the last in 2021, that was not the case in 2022.