Red Bull team boss Christian Horner claims that some drivers have offered to join the dominant Formula 1 team for free, reminiscent of Ayrton Senna’s offer to drive for Williams in 1994.
‣ Ayrton Senna once offered to drive for Williams for free in 1994, and according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, some drivers have made similar offers to join Red Bull.
‣ Red Bull had a dominant performance in 2023, winning 21 out of 22 races, with Max Verstappen winning 19 of them.
‣ Sergio Perez, another Red Bull driver, faced criticism for not performing as well as Verstappen, but will remain with the team for 2024.
‣ Horner emphasized that 2024 is an important year as many drivers’ contracts are ending, and the performance of Perez in relation to his teammate will determine if he stays with the team for 2025.
Ayrton Senna’s unusual offer to drive for Williams for free in 1994 is echoing in today’s times. Or so says Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team boss. He spilled the beans to Sky Sports, claiming some drivers are ready to join the top-dog team in Formula 1 without a paycheck.
Red Bull’s dominance in 2023 was staggering. They snagged 21 victories out of 22 races. Max Verstappen, their star driver, bagged 19 of those wins.
Sergio Perez, on the other hand, faced a barrage of criticism. He couldn’t keep up with Verstappen. Whispers started circulating about drivers itching to replace him.
2024 is a pivotal year in F1, according to Horner. Perez is sticking with the team, but the pressure is on. Horner’s words? “A lot of drivers’ contracts are coming to a close. We’ve got great talent in our own stable. Of course the car is very attractive for other drivers to want to be in.”
When asked if drivers are offering to drive for Red Bull for free, like Senna did for Williams, Horner didn’t deny it. “There’s been a little bit of that,” he admitted. But he was quick to add, “there’s no guarantees of anything. Checo is our driver. If he does well, we’ll want to keep him for 2025, but it’s all about how he performs in relation to his team-mate.”
So, there you have it. A peek into the high-stakes, high-speed world of Formula 1. Where drivers are willing to work for free, just for the thrill and glory of being part of the best team. And where every race could be a game-changer.