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Christian Horner

Horner disagrees with Hamilton's 'pressure' comments about Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton has spoken of the pressures that Max Verstappen may be facing in the title battle. The remarks didn't sit well with Verstappen, and Christian Horner is similarly not worried about how Verstappen is coping.

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Christian Horner does not agree with Lewis Hamilton's suggestions that Max Verstappen may be feeling the pressure of their championship fight.

The seven-time World Champion recently spoke about how the mental side of the battle could be affecting Verstappen, given that this is the Dutchman's first serious challenge for the title.

These remarks did not sit well with Verstappen, who responded: "I think those comments, it just shows you that he really doesn't know me, which is fine."

Red Bull Team Principal Horner is not concerned about the pressure affecting Verstappen, and believes this was evident when the 23-year-old claimed a dominant victory at his home race in Zandvoort.

"I don't see any change in him at all," Horner told select media including RacingNews365.com, when asked about Hamilton's comments.

"Max is a young guy, he's going for it, he's got nothing to lose. He's not sitting there with a bunch of World Championships defending the title. He's the challenger, and I think that that's the way he's attacking this championship.

"When you see the pressure he was under with a home crowd in Zandvoort, you don't get bigger pressure than that. I think the way he handled that in particular was truly impressive."

Horner is happy to see Verstappen enjoying the fight for the World Championship, which has also provided huge motivation for the rest of the team.

"He's just really enjoying and relishing this battle," Horner said. "It's been a long, long time since we've been in a position like this, and of course that's exciting for him.

"It's exciting and motivating for the whole team."

Verstappen trails Hamilton by two points in the standings after the Russian Grand Prix, with seven races remaining.

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