Christian Horner sees little difference with Max Verstappen now that the battle for the world title is in full swing. According to the Red Bull team boss, the Dutchman has less to lose than title rival Lewis Hamilton, although Toto Wolff says that little has changed with the Mercedes driver in 2021.
Little has changed in Max Verstappen’s driving style, says team boss Christian Horner when asked about the pressure while fighting for a world title in Formula 1. “I don’t really see any changes,” he explains in conversation. “Max is still young, he just goes for it and has nothing to lose.”
Verstappen is therefore the challenger, the Red Bull team boss explains. “He’s not here defending the title with a few world championships to his name,” Horner refers to reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. “Max is the challenger now and I think that’s how he attacks in the championship.”
According to Horner, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands is the example that Verstappen feels little pressure. The Dutchman won his home race in an almost flawless Grand Prix weekend. “You can’t get more pressure than during your home race, like in Zandvoort,” says Horner. “How he could deal with that was really impressive. I think he’s just really enjoying this fight.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is also asked whether there is any change at Hamilton now that the title fight seems to continue until the last race of the season. “No, both drivers have been used to driving at the front of the field for a long time, since karting,” the Austrian answers.
“However, there is one angle that people quickly forget, and that is the focus, the concentration and all the other work that Lewis puts into the sport. He is important, just like Valtteri (Bottas, ed.), in developing the car. They spend days in the simulator. Other than that, little has changed, he is positive and also enjoys the title fight.”