Horner Divided Between ‘Cash’ & ‘Prestige’ in Verstappen-Hamilton F1 Title Fight

Published 10/08/2021, 11:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Formula One is a sport with two championships, the driver’s title, and the constructor’s title. For some teams, winning both is important, but for Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull, things are different.

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While he does know the financial benefits of winning the team’s championship, he knows the driver’s title holds more value in the sport. With Max Verstappen being in the middle of an intense battle against arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton. Horner hopes the Red Bull prodigy comes out on top.

Christian Horner holds the drive’s title about the constructor’s title

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The Milton-Keynes-based outfit are in a fierce battle against rivals, Mercedes on both fronts, the driver’s championship and the constructor’s. However, as for the boss of Red Bull, he would pick the driver’s championship over the constructor’s title.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via

He said, “The real cash is in the constructors’ championship, but the drivers’ title carries a lot of prestige. I think they are equal in value. From the team’s perspective it might be better to go for the driver’s title, but we also just want to be the best team, so Perez will play an important role in that.”

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A chance at getting back on top in the driver’s championship?

The Horner-led team had to settle for second place at the Russian GP last race weekend, while Mercedes took the victory courtesy of Hamilton. However, for the Turkish Grand Prix, the Raging Bulls look optimistic.

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One of the factors that fall in Red Bull’s favor is that Hamilton will have a 10-place grid penalty for the race. This has the potential to benefit Verstappen, as he hopes to overcome the 2-point gap he has to Lewis in the title race.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during practice REUTERS/Murad Sezer

In the first practice session on Friday, Verstappen found himself to be the second quickest on the grid, only being beaten by the Knight. However, instead of setting the fastest lap in FP2, the Dutch driver fell down to fifth on the timesheet.

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Nevertheless, the Red Bull prodigy hopes to be better for the final practice session before going all out in the qualifying. What are your predictions for Verstappen as he prepares to race in Istanbul? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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