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Horner praises Verstappen's record: 'We're witnessing something very special'

Christian Horner paid tribute to Max Verstappen following the Dutchman's record-breaking victory in Mexico City.

Christian Horner heaped praise on Max Verstappen after the World Champion secured another F1 record in Mexico City.

Verstappen's commanding victory at the Hermanos Rodríguez Circuit was his fourteenth of the year, which broke the record for the most Grand Prix victories in a single season.

Before 2022, the record was held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, who achieved the feat in 2004 and 2013 respectively.

Speaking after the race, Team Principal Horner was full of praise for the execution of Verstappen's victory.

"Max has broken a record and, along with the season that he's had, it was just an impeccable drive: The first car to lead from the Pole, and through the first corner [in Mexico]," Horner commented to ViaPlay.

"He really controlled the race. I think we've made the strategy calls right today. The Softs and the Mediums were definitely the better tyres."

With two races of the season still to go, Verstappen has the opportunity to improve his record, and potential win 16 out of 22 races in a season.

When asked about the scale of achievement, Horner commented on the level of performance achieved by Verstappen in 2022.

"He is something very special, and I think what we're witnessing is actually something very special," added Horner.

"He's operating at an incredibly high level.

"With a race like today, the control that he had to be able to lengthen out the stint on the Soft tyre, match the pace on the Medium tyre. We got the calls right today."

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