Horner Accuses Hamilton of Running Away From the ‘Gamesmanship’ of F1

Published 07/15/2021, 1:54 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with team principle Christian Horner after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat


The 2021 F1 season woke up to a rather exciting Lewis Hamilton – Max Verstappen saga, which looks strong enough to continue beyond this season as well.

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However, in this inaugural title rivalry, the seven-time world champion has constantly stated that the flying Dutchman is running away with the championship. But Red Bull’s boss, Christian Horner, isn’t falling for Hamilton’s ‘kidology.’

The 47-year-old reckoned that Hamilton always prefers staying away from the spotlight, which is primarily why he is constantly heaping praise on Verstappen.

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What did the Red Bull F1 boss say?

As reported by GP Fans, Horner opined that there is a long way to go in the season, and is too early to judge who holds the upper hand in the race for the 2021 title. “So early in the season to talk about running away with anything,” Horner told BBC Radio 4.

Lewis loves a bit of kidology, trying to move the spotlight away from himself which is part of the gamesmanship of any sport. It is such a long season. And with 29 points available this weekend a 32-point lead can vanish very quickly.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

Red Bull may have had the upper hand over most parts of this season. However, their biggest challenge awaits at Silverstone; Mercedes have embraced an incredible record at the British Grand Prix over the years, having secured seven wins out of eight races.

He is going to be fighting incredibly hard. Silverstone has been a stronghold for Lewis, it has been a stronghold for the team.

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Red Bull definitely aren’t taking Mercedes lightly around Silverstone and are anticipating a comeback from the Brackley outfit.

[7 wins] is an immense record. We are going to have to be at the top of our game to beat them. But if we can beat them at Silverstone, then there is nothing we should fear for the rest of the championship,” the Red Bull team principal said.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

In the past couple of seasons, Verstappen has been the only driver to torment Mercedes in the United Kingdom. Not to forget the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, where the Dutchman showcased a tremendous level of pace to beat Hamilton and his teammate with ease.

So, can Verstappen continue to deliver the results at Silverstone and extend his lead over the ever-dominant Hamilton?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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