Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says as “the most successful driver of all time”, Lewis Hamilton “will have more sway within his team than his teammate, because his value to the team is significantly greater”.
While discussing Max Verstappen’s position within Red Bull, team boss Christian Horner agreed his star driver has “certain privileges” compared to his team-mate Sergio Perez.
He also compared this to what he believes is Lewis Hamilton’s position within Mercedes.
“It’s inevitable in any sport I would have thought,” Horner told the ‘Secrets of Success’ podcast.
“Max came to us as a teenager, he’s now a world champion. I think the same with Lewis Hamilton, he’s now the most successful driver of all time and he will have more sway within his team than his teammate, because his value to the team is significantly greater.
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“I think that it’s a matter of keeping that in check. Of course, there will be certain privileges that are allowed to your centre forward, your star player.
“But he’s still part of a team, there’s no room for a prima donna, because at that point it becomes bigger than the team.
“So he can’t achieve what he wants to, without having the team behind him, and without having the tools to provide the equipment.
“That’s where it’s a matter of achieving that, that balance, being respectful of the status that they’ve achieved, but also still recognising you’re part of a team and you need all the other elements to deliver your part,” the Briton concluded.