“Hamilton never recognized Verstappen’s ability”

We continue in the two weeks of rest of the Formula 1 World Championship, the longest period without races of the season if we exclude the summer break. Fortunately, some liven up the wait until next week’s Singapore GP with some interesting statements, as the Christian Horner in the podcast F1 official. We already reviewed what he said about the transfer market with the mess between Alpine and McLaren over Piastri, as well as what he would do with Ricciardo, but there are more words to highlight.

And it is that the head of Red Bull spoke again about the rivalry that took the sport to heights that had not been reached for a long time, that of Verstappen with Hamilton last season that made millions of people vibrate with an outcome of the most exciting – and controversial – in Abu Dhabi. A battle that he compares to the one the Dutchman has had this year, especially at the beginning, with Leclerc: “The duels between Max and Charles… think of Bahrain, Arabia or Miami, there was a phenomenal competition between the two, but not once did they touch.

“Maybe there is a different respect with Charles. They have competed with each other since they were children and there is a mutual respect”, Horner assures in Beyond the Grid referring to what he considers a key aspect, respect. Because that is what he thinks was missing between Hamilton and Verstappen as can be concluded from what he says about the Briton: “I never heard Lewis acknowledge Max’s ability. So, of course, there was a little bit more heat between those two drivers. (than the one with LecLerc)”.

Of course, he points out Hamilton in particular, because he points out that in Verstappen “there has always been respect there” for the seven-time champion. “You can’t not respect everything Lewis has done and achieved, it’s remarkable and will probably never be bettered. But everyone is beatable at some point. Max had respect for Lewis, but he wasn’t in awe of him, he wasn’t afraid of him, and he enjoyed facing him. And ultimately, I believed that I could beat him”, he did and he is already on his way to being a two-time champion. Will they play a title between them again?

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