‘If I Could Drive the Race Again..’ – Horner Reveals Verstappen’s Heroic Words After Silverstone Crash With Hamilton

Published 10/04/2021, 4:47 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


Red Bull prodigy Max Verstappen, is one of the most talented drivers on the Formula One grid. Team Principal Christian Horner is in awe of how the Dutch driver has developed over the years and how he overcomes obstacles.

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Horner also believes that Verstappen is a nice guy, but at the same time is determined and hungry. Additionally, instead of constantly thinking about a problem, he tackles it.

Christian Horner talks about the traits of Max Verstappen

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It is no surprise that Red Bull regards the 24-year-old as an exceptional driver. Hence, team boss Horner is impressed by his work ethic and his mindset when it comes to dealing with problems in the sport.

Speaking to Channel 4, as quoted by SpeedWeek, Horner said, “In all my years I have not seen a driver who is as straightforward as Max. Everything is tackled with the greatest openness and honesty. What the public thinks is not so important to him, he likes to be on his own off the racetrack anyway. “

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

“If you then spend more time with him and get to know him better, then he is a super nice guy who has a total passion for his sport, extremely hungry, motivated to the last fiber; to be precise, I don’t know any other driver who has such a strong inner drive. “

Talking about the dramatic British GP, where Max had a crash with Lewis, Horner said, “Max was incredibly frustrated about the collision with Lewis in England and the result. Because he had worked very hard that weekend, he had already won the sprint race and had a good chance of winning the GP. Instead: contact with Hamilton, 51g crash, hospital, victory of the opponent.

“But on Monday he said to me: ‘If I could drive the race again, I would win it.’ And then he left that behind.”

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A champion in the making?

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Many regard the Dutch driver to be a world champion at some point in his F1 career. However, that might come sooner than most expect. The 24-year-old is having an intense battle with the reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

As of now, Verstappen is in second place in the standings, but just has a 2-point gap to the Mercedes driver. The next agenda for Max is the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul next weekend. The Red Bull prodigy hopes to have a stellar weekend, one where he is victorious.

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What are your predictions for Verstappen in the upcoming race? Will he beat Hamilton and take the lead in the title race? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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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