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Horner counters Stewart criticism of Verstappen

Horner counters Stewart criticism of Verstappen

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Horner counters Stewart criticism of Verstappen

Horner counters Stewart criticism of Verstappen

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has countered the recent criticism aimed at Max Verstappen by three-time F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart.

Stewart was left unhappy by Verstappen's manoeuvre on Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix which forced both drivers out of the race.

The 82-year-old felt Verstappen was handed what he described as "a weak penalty" by the stewards, serving a three-place grid drop for the following race in Russia.

Significantly, while hailing Verstappen as "the fastest driver in the business", Stewart also suggested his inexperience was still an issue, remarking he was "still slightly in the puppy stage".

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."

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@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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Stewart is right, if being a bit soft of Verstappen.

We seen how Red Bull took an engine penalty negating and making a mockery of the three place drop. He should have been given a race ban for his continuing dangerous driving.

He's in his puppy stage because he never did his learning where he should have been - and not in F1. He's cost other teams dearly in both carbon and points. But Red Bull didn't care, and didn't ensure that Verstappen grew up.

Red Bull won't deal with Verstappen for fear of affecting his speed. Yet they'd have a better racer in the end, one who'd not have rammed and nearly killed Lewis in Monza, but one who'd have seen it was a move which wasn't going to work.

He could be ahead in the standings if he had matured instead of being a petulant child whenever he denies blame for his own actions.

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@Symanski If Hamilton just avoided the collission at Silverstone, there wasn't even an engine number 4 needed.

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Given how violently Verstappen moved over to the left when Lewis was about to pass on the outside he did everything he could to avoid an accident. He had no choice but to go down the inside, and was backing out but that wasn't enough for Verstappen who then decided to move across Lewis's front wing. Verstappen had plenty of space, several car widths, to his left to stay out of trouble, but that wasn't enough for him.

Verstappen's driving is dangerous. We seen what he did to Ricciardo in Baku when he was about to pass too.

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@Ronald

Had Max lifted as Lewis did in Italy & Spain he would still have had a chance to win the race, he would have scored good points, instead Max had a terrible accident, he needs to learn the throttle works both ways.

I ask when Lewis retire do you think the young guns, Lando, George, Charles or Carlos will concede to Max? I don't, Max is an incredible talent but he needs to use his grey matter in a wiser way, imo.

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@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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@Krasna77

As I said in my post Lewis lifted/backed out in Italy & Spain, he also backed out at turn 4 at Monza before Lewis & Max crashed, unlike Silverstone where Lewis was judged to be "predominantly" at fault, at Monza it was Max.

How many times has Max lifted/backed out of an overtake?

Imo neither should have had a penalty as both were racing incidents, maybe I'm living in the old world but in my day racers were allowed to just get on with racing, this modern blame culture is alien to me, maybe its because I'm getting older.

As you say Max should be way out in front on points but being unlucky in Azerbaijan & his inability to back out of overtaking move's have cost him dearly, that's racing.

As I also said in my first post I really cant see any of the other young guns giving in to Max either, I think Max is a very special driver but he needs to learn when to risk all & when to back out as Lewis has done multiple times.

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Yes I agree, probably didn't read your comment as it was meant. Too many rules and penalties imo, maybe the cars are too fragile compared to the past. How many times Max lifted or backed out of a fight? Uhhh never probably and that's what I like, also love his off race attitude btw, just saying what's on his mind without thinking twice. Not because it's Max but because I love those "fights". So, sorry if I tagged you on that one

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"Uhhh never probably"

No worries Krasna77

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