June 20, 2024

Following Max Verstappen’s triumph at the Canadian Grand Prix, where he equaled Ayrton Senna’s win record, Christian Horner praised his driver as one of Formula One’s greatest. Verstappen’s dominant performance, securing his 41st career win and sixth victory of the season, has positioned him to potentially clinch his third championship.

Horner firmly believes that these accomplishments have elevated Verstappen to the ranks of the sport’s finest.
According to the Red Bull team principal, Max Verstappen’s exceptional performance has solidified his status as a rising superstar in Formula One.

Drawing parallels with the legends of the sport, such as Ayrton Senna, Christian Horner emphasized Verstappen’s remarkable talent. He highlighted Verstappen’s ability to consistently deliver outstanding results and adapt to changing race conditions, describing his pole position achievement in the fluctuating grip levels as a prime example of Verstappen’s brilliance.

Despite being in his eighth season in Formula One at just 25 years old, Max Verstappen has already established himself as the fifth most successful driver in terms of wins. He follows the likes of Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, and the current leader, Lewis Hamilton, who boasts 103 victories. Verstappen expressed his awe at achieving this milestone, acknowledging its incredible nature. Christian Horner, in turn, emphasized the significance of this accomplishment for Verstappen, stating that while the Dutchman may not display overt emotions, he would feel a sense of pride internally. Horner described Verstappen as a modest and understated individual, but affirmed that this achievement holds great personal value to him behind the scenes.

Max Verstappen is now the fifth most successful F1 driver in terms of wins, behind Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Red Bull’s recent victory at the Canadian Grand Prix marked the team’s 100th win since their debut in 2005. With their dominant car this season, it is highly likely that they will continue to add to this impressive tally as they aim for another drivers’ and constructors’ championship double. The team remains undefeated this year, securing eight wins out of eight races, and is potentially on track to achieve an unprecedented clean sweep of victories.

Their performance has been so commanding that it has led to speculation that Red Bull might have already shifted their focus towards developing next year’s car, benefiting from their current advantage. Mercedes’ team principal, Toto Wolff, acknowledged that his team is still around two-tenths of a lap behind Red Bull, despite being pleased with the progress they have made with their new car concept. Lewis Hamilton, who finished third in Canada, recognized the challenge of closing the gap and acknowledged that it would be a difficult task to bridge the performance difference.

Hamilton conceded that there is little he can do to counter Red Bull’s exceptional performance, expressing his belief that they are likely to continue winning races unless Aston Martin and Mercedes significantly enhance their cars. Meanwhile, Toto Wolff confirmed that Mercedes is actively pursuing an aggressive development program. He assured that significant upgrades are planned for the British Grand Prix, tailored to suit their car’s strengths. Wolff mentioned that they have accelerated their learning since making changes to the conceptual architecture, which should result in notable progress over the next four races.

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