“Max was immediately super-fast”: Christian Horner gives an account of his first impressions of Max Verstappen

Christian Horner talks about how he noticed Max Verstappen's talent during his early days in Red Bull when he won the Spanish Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

In last week’s Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull racer and reigning F1 World Champion Max Verstappen delivered a brilliant performance and clinched the race win after frontrunner Charles Leclerc of Ferrari succumbed to an enginee reliability issue, and had to retire from the race. In the last five years of the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton had been an undisputed Champion, but Verstappen made sure to break the Mercedes racer’s record.

But this is not the first time Max Verstappen had a thunderous victory in Barcelona. 6 years ago, Max was just a newbie who started racing with a top team like Red Bull after displaying unbelievable talent during his Toro Rosso days. And during that time, in 2016, the Dutchman took the opportunity of the two Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashing into each other, and he skillfully clinched the race win by using the correct tactics and his innate talent.

Now, Max’s Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner talked about Max’s racing style that was so fierce all those years ago in 2016, and has become even fiercer now. He spoke about the Dutchman’s insane talent when it comes to racing, and how he instantly knew Verstappen had a gifted ability that very few are fortunate enough to get.

Christian Horner described how Max Verstappen stunned him with his amazing speed even as a 17-year-old boy

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

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When Max first entered into F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, he was simply the son of Jos Verstappen, and a 17-ywar-old kid. But soon, his talent shone through as he kept performing really well with Toro Rosso.

Christian Horner, while speaking in a recent interview with the NOS, said, “He was seventeen when he drove Grands Prix for Toro Rosso, but he already made such an overwhelming impression there. Max was immediately super-fast. And he showed that during his first race weekend with us.

He also said, “Max did phenomenally in the practice sessions, was even faster in the third practice session on Saturday morning and put Daniel right up against the fire.

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