Christian Horner has come to be known as a genius in the F1 universe. Taking Red Bull to a world championship and closing in on its second, he is a man whose mind everyone would want to pick right now. Tom Clarkson did exactly that as he tackled Horner’s thoughts on Lewis Hamilton, Abu Dhabi 2021, and more.

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Recently, Christian Horner appeared on Tom Clarkson’s podcast, F1 Beyond the Grid, and shared his thoughts on his “attacking team”.

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Christian Horner’s take on Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

Among the things discussed on the podcast were Max Verstappen and his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton & Charles Leclerc.

The internet is well-aware of Max Verstappen’s longtime professional relationship with Charles Leclerc. There are compilation videos of those two being chaotic rivals across social media, much to the fans’ joy.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

On the podcast, Christian Horner too spoke of how Max raced Hamilton and Leclerc differently.

There’s a difference, perhaps a different respect with Charles. They’d raced each other since kids and there was a mutual respect. I’ve never once ever heard Lewis recognize Max’s ability and so, of course, there was just a bit more needle to him, and you could feel that, you could sense that between those two drivers.”

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Horner seems to assert that Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen share a mutual respect for each other. But, by contrast, Hamilton has never openly acknowledged Max’s skill, which creates a certain tension between the two drivers.

It is surely a pleasure to see Christian Horner appreciating the healthy competition among F1 drivers.

Red Bull team principal’s thoughts on Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021

The Red Bull team principal also commented on the fated 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Speaking of how last year’s Abu Dhabi race affected Max, Horner believes that it was Hamilton who was more worried, rather than Max. According to him, it was the “seven-time world champion that has everything to lose, Max is the young kid that’s taken the risks, that’s throwing everything at it, and got nothing to lose.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 compete for position on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

When asked about Max’s feelings towards Lewis Hamilton, the Red Bull boss answered that Max respected Lewis like any person would because his achievements simply cannot be disregarded. But, “he wasn’t in awe of him, or he wasn’t afraid of him, and he relished going up against him. And I think ultimately he believed that he could beat him.

It was no doubt that very attitude that led to him defeating the reigning world champion last year.

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