Christian Horner has Max Verstappen message for Lewis Hamilton after Mercedes secure front row lockout

After hitting the wall in the last moments of the Qualifying session, will Max Verstappen be able to challenge Lewis Hamilton in Jeddah?

Christian Horner on Lewis Hamilton after Max Verstappen Crash
Christian Horner and Max Verstappen

If it wasn’t for Max Verstappen hitting the wall in the dying second of the Saudi Arabia GP Qualifying session on Saturday, many including Christian Horner believe that he was all set to secure a pole entering the race on Sunday. With Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas securing a front row lockout for the Brackley based team, Horner motivates his ace Dutchman to go all guns blazing as he shown in the past, against the Mercedes duo. 

Moreover, Christian Horner revealed that despite Max Verstappen’s slip up, Red Bull will come raging back on Sunday to challenge the dynamic duo of Mercedes. Moreover, Max Verstappen broke his rear suspension and is now desperately hoping he has not suffered gearbox damage. Fitting a new gearbox would incur a five-place grid drop. 

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What was opinionated by Christian Horner? 

Christian Horner and Helmut Marko
Christian Horner and Helmut Marko

Christian Horner admits the Jeddah Street circuit will make it difficult for Verstappen to secure a race win that would be huge to his hopes of taking the title, but has told the Silver Arrows his driver will not dwell on his crash. 

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after qualifying, Horner said as quoted by“I think it’s going to be very hard to overtake here. It’s going to be strategy, what happens with safety cars, reliability etc. 

Christian Horner and Max Verstappen
Christian Horner and Max Verstappen

“We’ll see. Grid position on any street circuit is crucial. We keep fighting. If he’d have finished that lap, it’d be a very different conversation we’re having. It’s still P3 on the grid, the points are at the end of the Grand Prix. 

“We’re going to give it everything we’ve got. Things haven’t gone our way today and that’s motor racing sometimes. We’ll keep pushing, we’ll keep fighting. Max Verstappen come back strong tomorrow.”

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