Horner Explains Key Reason Red Bull are Ignoring ‘All That Rubbish’ from Lewis Hamilton

Published 05/21/2021, 7:34 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme next to Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton has gone on the attack against Red Bull and Max Verstappen this week in Monaco. From deeming their F1 car illegal to taking shots at Max for his aggressive approach in close combat, he isn’t biting his tongue. While many expected Red Bull to hit back with all guns blazing, they have mostly chosen to stay quiet. And Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, believes that there is a good reason behind it.

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Horner thinks that his tirade proves that he’s rattled by Max Verstappen. That the crown prince is bidding to take the throne from the old king maybe bothers Lewis.

“Lewis loves all that rubbish so will just let him get on with it,” Horner said.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Max does his own thing, is his own man. The fact that Lewis feels the need to do that means that actually, Max is probably getting under his skin a bit.”

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Psychological warfare has well and truly began in Monaco. But there are still 18 rounds to go after this one. And Horner cannot even fathom how the verbal blows are going to get if the championship remains evenly poised towards the latter stages of the season –

“We’re only at the beginning of the Championship, we’re not even anywhere near halfway yet. Can you imagine what it is going to be like by the time, if they are that close, going into the last few races?”

Horner doesn’t spare the Mercedes boss of Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff, in his rebuttal either

Mercedes, Team Principal, Toto Wolff has also been voicing his disapproval with Red Bull’s bendy rear wing. He also believes that Mercedes would be allowed to take their foot off the gas with regards to their car development this season and focus on next year. To this Horner, said –

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“I think Toto’s more focused on our rear wing than he is on next year. I don’t know what’s going on in their business but Toto knows what’s going on in everyone’s business.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He added, “I would be surprised [if it’s true] because the rate of development is still quite intense so we’ll see. We’ve only done four races.”

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This title race has the fans on the edge of their seats. So hopefully, from a fan’s perspective, Red Bull don’t fall foul of the rules and are able to go toe-to-toe with Mercedes, taking this battle right down to the wire.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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