Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner does not believe Max Verstappen will adjust his ‘attacking’ driving style in battle with Lewis Hamilton. The two have already run into each other on the track this season and that did not always go unscathed. In Silverstone the Red Bull driver had to make do with a DNF and in Monza both drivers went out of the weekend scoreless.
Until the Grand Prix of Great Britain it was always Hamilton who avoided the fight. At Silverstone, the Briton chose to take on the wheel-to-wheel fight, which ended in tears for the Dutchman. In Monza, Verstappen saw a gap in the first corner that he was going for. That also ended early, but for both drivers.
Verstappen extremely self-critical
“We always look carefully at the images afterwards to learn from it. You always think, okay, could I have done something different here? Max is always open to that,” concludes Horner. “He’s extremely self-critical,” the British team boss continues. “You’re always learning, but he’s a hard racer. It’s part of his character,” Horner said.
Impact on other drivers
“You know when he’s in the car, he’s always going to give 110 percent. I think that has an impact on the other drivers too, because they just know he’s always going for it.” Horner continues. Verstappen is already a lot less erratic than years ago, where he sometimes went into a rash fight. Still, according to the Red Bull Racing team boss, it remains part of his personality and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. “It is who he is, he remains a very attacking driver and I don’t think that will change,” Horner concluded.