Christian Horner revealed in an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com how Max Verstappen has switched his mental emphasis to the 2022 season.
After returning from his winter break, Red Bull team leader Christian Horner announced that Max Verstappen has began stepping up his preparations for the 2022 season.
Verstappen took a break after winning the 2021 Drivers’ World Championship, but he is back in training as he prepares to defend his championship.
“Max went off to do family stuff over Christmas and New Year for a break and last week he has bought back into his training, so he’s all good,” Horner told RacingNews365.com in an exclusive interview.
“It was a tough season last year, tough for everybody, so [it was] good to get a bit of downtime over Christmas and the New Year to reflect on an amazing year and recharge the batteries a bit.
“Then, in January, he’s been ramping it back up and training hard and looking forward to the season ahead.”
Verstappen will soon be back in the Red Bull factory
Verstappen is set to return to the Red Bull factory in the next days, where he will take part in all of his pre-season preparations ahead of the car’s launch and formal testing, according to Horner.
“He’ll be in the next week or so,” Horner confirmed.
“Obviously, this time of year there’s a lot of work in the simulator, so it’s a lot of work in a virtual world.
“[Then there will be] seat fittings and all that kind of stuff to do, with merchandise and this, that and the other, so from the last week of January things will start to get busy for him.”
However, Horner stated that there is no hangover from the championship celebrations heading into the new season, and that the team is now fully focused on the upcoming campaign.
“We’re totally focused on 2022 now. 2021 is done,” Horner emphasised.
“We’ll celebrate the fact that we have number 1 on the car, but 2021 is history now. It’s all about 2022, so everyone is focused on the shakedown, the first test, the first race and 2022 after that.”
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