Tyson Fury’s Fandom of Max Verstappen Proves F1’s Popularity: Horner

Published 06/03/2021, 6:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen talks with team principal Christian Horner after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


The sport of F1 draws the interest of many sportspersons across the world, and Tyson Fury, the boxing legend, is no different. He is a massive fan of Dutch driver, Max Verstappen, and even called the team principal of Red Bull, Christian Horner, after their victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, courtesy of Verstappen.

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Comparing the dedication of Fury and Verstappen, Horner stated that the former’s interest in F1 proves just how popular the sport has become.

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Horner sees similar traits in Fury and Max Verstappen

As quoted by the Red Bull website, Horner said, “So far this championship is box office. I even received a text from Tyson Fury after Max’s win in Monaco. The two-time world heavyweight champion is a fan of Max.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury reacts after the final bell in his heavy weight fight against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

“And there has been a lot of excitement from other sports around the competitive championship fight we are in. Tyson is an incredibly passionate and focussed guy and I think he respects the fact that Max drives in a similar way,” Christian concluded.

Horner wary of Mercedes bouncing back at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The Milton-Keynes squad won the Monaco Grand Prix due to a brilliant drive by Verstappen. This win saw them lead the championship table ahead of their rivals Mercedes after many years. However, Horner is well aware of how ready the Silver Arrow can be and must be prepared for anything in Baku.

The team boss said, “I think Azerbaijan is a very different kind of street circuit to [Monaco]. Very long straights, and it’s been a strong track for Mercedes in the past.

“We’re not under any illusions, we are sure they are going to bounce back fast. We’ve got to go there and attack the weekend exactly as we have done at every race this season.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

“[We’re] leading both championships for the first time in the hybrid era, so that’s really encouraging,” added Horner. “But no one’s getting carried away. There’s still an awful long way to go in this championship but to be as close as we are at this stage is encouraging.” Horner concluded.

Can the Raging Bulls achieve another win around the streets of Baku or will Hamilton and Co. steal their thunder in the sixth round of the championship? We are just days away from finding out.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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