Christian Horner on whether Verstappen can break Hamilton’s records

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has given his opinion on whether Max Verstappen can break Lewis Hamilton’s records, and he once again defended Michael Masi.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Christian Horner was asked if he believes Max Verstappen can beat Lewis Hamilton’s records.

“What Lewis has achieved is incredible and it’s difficult to envisage those records being broke,” Horner said.

“So much depends on the equipment that you have. Who knows what the future holds? What Max has achieved so far in his career is hugely impressive and I’m sure he’s going to build on that.”

Horner also praised Verstappen’s mental strength and resilience.

“You can always tell with the great sportsmen, they deliver when they are under the most pressure. I think that Max has never shied away from delivering under pressure.

“Some of the pressure he was under last year and the performances he was able to deliver … Incredible.”

The Briton added Verstappen’s first world title allowed him to race with less pressure.

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“I think having achieved that first title it removes an awful lot of pressure but at the same time it fuels a hunger. He’s hungrier than ever and driving better than ever.”

However, what Horner failed to mention is the fact that the Dutchman won the 2021 title under controversial circumstances, after race director Michael Masi blatantly broke the rules in the final race of the season.

Masi was soon removed from his position, and the FIA’s investigation determined he made a “human error”. Horner once again defended Masi, who he says was ‘bullied’ after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“To me that was tantamount to bullying. He was hung out to dry by a couple of teams, and I think that’s absolutely not right.

“It’s unacceptable, the guy is getting threats towards his family and so on,” Horner concluded.

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