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Horner claims F1 rivals face 'brutal' scrutiny in title bid

Horner claims F1 rivals face 'brutal' scrutiny in title bid

Horner claims F1 rivals face 'brutal' scrutiny in title bid

Horner claims F1 rivals face 'brutal' scrutiny in title bid

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted that Ferrari face a 'brutal' level of pressure compared to other Formula 1 teams with the weight of a nation on their shoulders.

As Red Bull romped home to their second successive constructors' championship – their sixth in total – a nail-biting scrap was going on behind them.

Mercedes eventually pipped Ferrari to P2 in the team standings by just three points during the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Fred Vasseur will be hoping that Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz can help Ferrari mount a charge against Red Bull next year, with the latter being the only non-Red Bull driver to win a race in 2023.

Fred Vasseur oversaw a P3 finish for Ferrari during his first season at the helm
Carlos Sainz was the only non-Red Bull driver to claim victory (Singapore) during the 2023 season
Christian Horner believes that Ferrari face a different level of scrutiny compared to the rest of the grid

Horner: Ferrari pressure is brutal

Yet heading into next season, Horner has admitted that the pressure on Ferrari is vastly different to that on other F1 teams.

"Ferrari is a different type of team, a national team," Horner told Sky Sports.

"There is a pressure which comes with that and the Italian media is absolutely brutal and scrutinise every move.

"There is just huge expectation. Fred (Vasseur) is a capable guy and a racer and Ferrari are a big animal in F1.

"Expectation will be very high for them next year."

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