Horner ‘never heard Hamilton recognize Verstappen’ ability’

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he has “never heard” Lewis Hamilton realize Max Verstappen’s ability.

Hamilton and Verstappen have engaged in an epic duel over the course of the season for the Formula 1 Last year’s world title with a number of unforgettable hotspots along the way, including the opening race battle in Bahrain, their clashes at Silverstone, Monza and Saudi Arabia, and of course the final in Abu Dhabi which was surrounded by controversy.

Ultimately, the history books will show that Verstappen took the crown in 2021 after a major feud with the seven-time world champion, and it was clear at times that there was some disagreement between the drivers due to the stakes in play, even though their relationship did. She always looks respectful despite what was at stake.

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Horner gave his views on their fight while talking to Beyond the net Meanwhile, the podcast suggested that the Mercedes driver, as he recalled, had not once recognized Max’s ability as a driver, comparing the two drivers’ relationship and rivalry to that of Verstappen and Charles Leclerc:

“You know, there’s a difference, maybe there’s a different respect for Charles,” Horner said.

“They’ve raced with each other ever since [being] Children, there was mutual respect. I’ve never heard Lewis recognize Max’s ability.

“And of course, there was a little bit of a needle in it and you can feel it, and you can feel it between these two drivers.”

Horner was also asked if either driver had run into the other’s head last year during the psychological battle for control:

“I think it could be said, maybe more in Lewis’ head because he’s a seven-time world champion and he has everything to lose, Max is the little kid who takes risks, who throws everything, he has nothing to lose.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Dutchman Max Verstappen driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda leads the field in Turn One at the start during the Sprint of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 17, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Michael Reagan/Getty Images)

“We definitely saw after Lewis qualified first at Silverstone and Max won the sprint race that I saw Lewis, he was a bit smashed after the sprint.

Max had made it to Cops [corner in the British Grand Prix]I don’t think they had seen him again that afternoon, so there was an air of desperation rising as well.

“It was very serious matters and your feelings were high, but it probably affected Lewis more than Max because, like I said, he would have lost more than Max.”

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It’s been a captivating tournament, and this year things have certainly been quieter in that regard.

Max could win a second world title as early as Singapore next time around, having dominated large parts of this year.

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