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Horner Makes Bold Claim About Max Verstappen Being Better Than Vettel and Ricciardo in One Key Aspect

Horner Makes Bold Claim About Max Verstappen Being Better Than Vettel and Ricciardo in One Key Aspect

Red Bull F1 have been one of the most successful teams of the past decade. They’ve won 4 consecutive championships between 2010 and 2013. They have also had many an iconic driver in the past, including 4-time world champ Sebastian Vettel. However, team boss Christian Horner rates Max Verstappen the highest in one particular aspect.

The young Dutchman possesses serious talent and pace, which was evident from a very young age. After all, back in 2014, Verstappen received the honor of being the youngest ever driver to debut in the sport.

Praise has never been short for Verstappen. However, the latest claim from the Red Bull boss could be seen as a bold one.

He said, “We’ve worked with some great drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber and there’s this commonality between them that they are all hungry for it.

“But I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as hungry as Verstappen,”¬†he added.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen looks on in the paddock prior to the Russian Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the paddock ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“You’ve got to be fearless. You’ve got to have huge confidence in your own ability, belief and desire.

“You have got to really, really want it. And that’s what’s been interesting about Verstappen. He’s such a youngster but he’s got this real hunger and desire.”

Horner highlights the difference between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

Verstappen and Hamilton are probably the best drivers on the grid at the moment.

It’s a shame that fans can’t get to witness the full extent of Verstappen’s capabilities. The Dutchman has shown that he can go toe to toe with the 6-time world champ in inferior machinery.¬†However, according to the Red Bull boss, there is one key element that sets the two ace F1 drivers apart.

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Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen behind the safety car during the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

He said, “There’s that naivety of youth (with Verstappen). You see when it rains, when the weather’s a bit dodgy, they know they can get hurt, but they tend to put it to the back of their minds.

“What stands Hamilton out is that he still takes risks as if he was a newcomer. But is perhaps more calculated than he was just through the benefit of experience.”

Big things are expected from Verstappen in the future. However, before he dreams of winning any silverware, he’ll lock horns with Hamilton again at the Portuguese GP on the 25th of October.

Can Verstappen delay Hamilton’s title celebrations? We shall soon see for ourselves.

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