Lewis Hamilton claimed the third win of his season at the Spanish GP last week, as he extends his lead at the top of the championship to 14 points. The Briton has 94 points from his four races so far, whereas, another title protagonist, Max Verstappen has 80 points. This season has largely between narrowed down to two drivers, Verstappen and Hamilton, who have finished P1 and P2 in all three races so far.
Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal responded to Lewis Hamilton’s comments on Red Bull making occasional mistakes. However, Horner believes that Hamilton is not error-proof, and is capable of making mistakes every now and then, just as he did in Imola. Furthermore, he asserted that Max Verstappen will do his talking on the tracks, and not play mindgames.
“Max will do his talking on the track,” Horner told ESPN. “Lewis has demonstrated he’s capable of, excuse my French, dropping a b****ck occasionally. He’s capable of making a significant mistake, as we saw at Imola, and he just got very lucky that he wasn’t a lap down and didn’t pay a bigger price for it,” he added.
He’s got that youthful bravado: Christian Horner on Max Verstappen
Christian Horner believes that Lewis Hamilton’s 14-point lead at this stage of the championship does not bother them much. The Briton added that mistakes count more during the latter stages of the season, when every point is vital and the pressure is high.
“Look, they can all make mistakes and we’re at the non-pressured stage of the championship at the moment. As we get to the business end it will count for more,” added Horner. When five races are left and if there is still the points difference there is now, that’s when the pressure mounts up – not at this stage,” said Horner.
Christian Horner also heaped praise on Max Verstappen, and stated that the Dutch driver always steps up when his team needs him the most. The team principal has no doubt that the youngster will raise his bar, when the opportunity comes his way.
“I think he’s got that youthful bravado, he’s got nothing to lose,” said Horner. “Every big pressure point in his career I’ve seen him deal with previously, he’s stepped up to the plate tremendously well. I’ve no doubt he’ll be able to deal with it should the opportunity come,” he added.