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Christian Horner

Horner doesn't want Verstappen to change his approach

World Champion Max Verstappen has come in for criticism over his aggressive approach to racing and his propensity to push rivals off the track in wheel-to-wheel battles. But Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner doesn't want the Dutchman to moderate his driving style.

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Christian Horner says he doesn't want Max Verstappen to change his "forceful" and "aggressive" approach to racing.

Verstappen has been known for his combative driving style ever since arriving in F1 in 2015, though scrutiny of his approach was magnified during last year's season-long title battle with Lewis Hamilton.

The two drivers collided on several occasions - notably at Silverstone and Monza - during the course of a dramatic and controversial year, with the Dutchman also running the Briton off the road at Interlagos and Jeddah.

However, in an interview with BBC Sport, Horner showed no desire for Verstappen to change his aggressive approach.

"We talk about any incident, but it's always going to be between me and him," Horner said.

"Max is a forceful driver. He's an aggressive driver. And that driving style is why he was voted the most popular driver in Formula 1. You just know he is going to give 110 per cent."

Verstappen "showed maturity" in 2021

Asked if he wants Verstappen to carry on this way, Horner said: "Absolutely."

When pushed if that means all the moves in question, he added: "Well, no, you're always going to learn, aren't you? And I think the way he drove last year, he showed tremendous maturity, and let's not forget the others make mistakes.

"There are other drivers that make aggressive actions as well, you know. But Max is an aggressive driver. That's his DNA; that's who he is.

"Yes, he will always be close to the limit and he will only learn from his experiences. I've got no doubt about that."

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