Christian Horner sends Max Verstappen warning to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes ahead of 2022 F1 season


Christian Horner sends Max Verstappen warning to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes ahead of 2022 F1 season

Max Verstappen, Christian Horner

Red Bull Racing’s team principal, Christian Horner stated that Dutch professional racing driver, Max Verstappen who clinched his maiden World Driver’s Championship in the very nerve-wracking Abu Dhabi GP in 2021 has a “sky-high” confidence ahead of the pre-testing season of 2022 which starts on February 23.

Max Verstappen isn’t one to shy away from being confident, however, the clinical win that he got in the last lap of the Abu Dhabi GP has boosted his confidence.

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Horner mentioned that, “For Max, he was just phenomenal last year, an outstanding season. He dominated. The number of laps led, 10 Grand Prix victories, and, of course, the world championship, so his confidence is going to be sky-high. So he’s looking to build on those performances in 2022“.

We go into the 2022 in great shape: Christian Horner

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen

Dutchman Max Verstappen and British Lewis Hamilton went head-to-head throughout the season with fans being unable to cancel out either one from WDC predictions.

It was a rather controversial decision taken by FIA race director Michael Masi ahead of the last lap in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the deployment of the safety car on Latifi’s crash and letting the cars between Hamilton who was leading that time and Verstappen to unlap themselves, which was met with a lot of criticism and has resulted into a lot of questions about Masi being able to retain his position as the race director henceforth.

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The decision taken by Masi helped Verstappen attack in the last lap and bring Red Bull Racing his first maiden victory in his professional career.

On looking back at the tribulations of the 2021 season, Horner mentioned: “The strength in depth we have in the team, the way they coped through the pandemic to continue to develop the car the way we did and to deal with the challenges that we faced last year has really galvanized the team. We go into 2022 in great shape and are looking forward to the season ahead.”

Also Read: Christian Horner cautious of faster pit stops in 2022 with new 18-inch tyres

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