Max Verstappen has had an excellent start to the second half of the season. He was able to convert his gap to Lewis Hamilton into a lead, also hitting circuits that were less suitable for the Red Bull.
The title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is one of the biggest fights in the modern sports world, according to team boss Christian Horner. In addition, the emotions sometimes rise, due to the high intensity of the title fight.
“We are witnessing one of the biggest rivalries in sport, not only within Formula 1, but within the sporting world for a generation. It is intense and the stakes are high. It is extremely competitive and nothing is given up without a fight from both sides.”
Red Bull, which dominated F1 between 2010 and 2013 with four consecutive titles in both championships, is back in the title race for the first time in years. In fact, Hamilton and Mercedes haven’t had it this hard for a long time.
“Also from our perspective it’s really nice to be in a competitive position again and to fight for a world championship. Because when was the last time a Mercedes car wasn’t leading the championship at this stage of the year? Horner wonders aloud.
The Red Bull team boss is pleased with Verstappen’s performances in the three races after the summer break. It was feared in advance that Verstappen would lose points compared to Hamilton at Spa and Monza. However, the reverse turned out to be true.
“Since the summer break, Max has been in top form. His pole lap at Spa, in difficult conditions, was phenomenal and gave us the points there. His performance under immense pressure in the Netherlands and the pressure that was placed on his shoulders was unbelievable.”
“In Monza, the way we worked together as a team to secure third on the grid in qualifying was very impressive. As was Max’s performance in sprint qualifying which gave him second place, securing important points for the championship. ”
Verstappen leads the World Cup with eight races to go, defending a five-point lead.