Red Bull's Christian Horner insists criticism of Max Verstappen has not affected world champion

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‘It’s gone completely over his head!’: Red Bull chief Christian Horner insists criticism of Max Verstappen and the Abu Dhabi finale has not affected world champion… as he reveals ‘EVERYTHING’ will be different in 2022 with McLaren and Ferrari on the rise


Red Bull chief Christian Horner claims World champion Max Verstappen has not be fazed by the criticism towards him, insisting ‘it’s gone completely over his head’.

Verstappen, 24, clinched his first ever Formula One triumph in controversial style at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on the final race day of last season.

Lewis Hamilton had all but secured his record-breaking eighth world title until Williams Racing driver Nicholas Latifi crashed with four laps to go, resulting in the safety car.

Christian Horner has insisted Max Verstappen's World Championship win has not affected him

Christian Horner has insisted Max Verstappen’s World Championship win has not affected him

Verstappen, 24, is not letting criticism affect him and is ready to defend his World title

Verstappen, 24, is not letting criticism affect him and is ready to defend his World title

When the race restarted, Verstappen was allowed to start almost side-by-side Hamilton on the final lap, despite the Brit having established a healthy lead.

The Dutchman, on new tires, had the pace to overtake his rival and win one of the most dramatic Formula One races ever.

Speak to BBC Breakfast Horner claimed Verstappen has not be affected by comments made towards him, and ready to challenge once again.

‘I think it’s gone completely over his head. He doesn’t watch the BBC. He was delighted to get that first world championship, against such a strong opponent. I think that’s what made it so intense’, Horner said on Max’s response.

The Racing chief also pinpointed the rivalry between both Verstappen and Hamilton.

Horner celebrates with the Dutchman after he secured the trophy in Abu Dhabi last December

Horner celebrates with the Dutchman after he secured the trophy in Abu Dhabi last December

Brit Lewis Hamilton is ready to challenge next season and is keen to secure his eighth triumph

Brit Lewis Hamilton is ready to challenge next season and is keen to secure his eighth triumph

‘I think the rivalry between those two [Max and Lewis] has been so intense. I think you might see a couple of other drivers come into that fray as well.

‘It was epic last year and if that continues I think there’s going to be some fantastic races next season. The sport has never had so much coverage and so much support – it’s great to see.’

Following the incident last December, race director Michael Masi has been sacked, but Horner has since backed him insisting the decision to dismiss him was ‘harsh’.

The new F1 season gets underway on March 20 with Bahrain Grand Prix.

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