Responding to the comment, Horner said: "Of course, I always respect Sir Jackie’s opinion.
"But I think Max has shown great maturity this year. You’re always evolving, always learning, and I’m sure Sir Jackie made a few mistakes in his time.
"So that’s the journey of life. You learn from every experience and when you see the progression from a 17-year-old, when he came into Formula 1, to the driver he is today, it’s pretty impressive."
As to whether Verstappen is, as Stewart claims, 'the fastest man on the grid', Horner added: "It’s always going to be subjective and open to debate. I’m just glad he’s driving our car."
Offering his thoughts on Stewart's words given Lewis Hamilton's strengths, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said: "I’d like to echo what Christian said.
"Obviously, Max isn’t driving for Mercedes so I don’t know him really well but his trajectory is impressive, not only the speed but also the way he tackles the weekends.
"Overall, he’s not at the end of his career, there’s more to come and part of that is the learning process."
What do you think?
@Sym @Gags: blaming max for Silverstone is insane. Hamilton went to fast and oversteered going into him. Max would have been way ahead with points if it wasn't for that incident, Bottas the race after and the exploding tire. Sym, still going on with that race ban? Surely max was mainly at fault but it was a slow corner, the result is not, or should not, been taken in account with the penalty decision making. You are a passionate Hamilton fan and that's great, but don't let your feelings interfere with being objective
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