Horner Brushes Aside Max Verstappen’s Russian GP F1 Punishment

Published 09/19/2021, 8:36 AM EDT
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the garage during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on August 01, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Both the title protagonists Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are yet to opt for a fourth power unit this season, for which they will receive a grid penalty. And after a heart-stopping incident between the duo at Monza, the steward awarded a three-place grid penalty to the Dutchman ahead of the Russian GP for causing the accident.

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And with the 23-year-old already suffering the penalty, it seems Verstappen will use the fourth engine at Sochi. However, Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, denied opting for a new power unit for Max Verstappen at the Russian Grand Prix.

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It’s not such a handicap because of the strength of the tow: Christian Horner

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“I was looking through the results at the Russian Grand Prix, and back in 2018, Max went from last to first before needing to make his pit stop. We were second there last year, but it’s a circuit we have never won at.” wrote Christian Horner in his column for the Red Bull website.
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.

“We have the grid penalty to take for Max too, but in Sochi, it’s not such a handicap because of the strength of the tow down to turn one. I’m looking forward to it and seeing how we get on,” concluded Horner.

Horner impressed by Max Verstappen Dutch GP performance

Dutch Grand Prix returns to the racing calendar after 36 long years at Max Verstappen’s home country, Netherlands. And the Dutchman showcased a dominant performance to secure his seventh victory of the season in his backyard. Meanwhile, Christian Horner is immensely impressed by his star driver’s performance at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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“I have to say, the way Max dealt with that was phenomenal. It’s worth remembering, whilst he has been in F1 for seven seasons, he’s still only 23 years old. He kept his head and did not allow the pressure of the occasion to get to him,” wrote Horner.
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 05: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with his team after the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 05, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“Even after the race, he was measured and was not diving into the crowd. He handled that pressure and showed maturity way beyond his years.

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Currently, Max Verstappen leads the driver’s championship, five points ahead of his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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