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Max Verstappen

Horner: 'Phenomenal' Verstappen is ready for the title

Christian Horner has backed Max Verstappen to overcome Lewis Hamilton and win his first world title in 2021.

Verstappen podium Russia
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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes that Max Verstappen has "everything he needs" to beat Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 F1 world title.

Verstappen and Hamilton have gone head-to-head all season, with the seven-time World Champion currently holding a slender two-point advantage in the standings.

However, Verstappen limited the damage of his engine-related grid penalty last time out in Russia, rising from the back of the grid to second, directly behind Hamilton, meaning he has a fresh engine in his pool for the remaining seven races.

After a successful weekend in Sochi, Horner made clear that Red Bull are more determined than ever to finish the job.

"The whole team is very motivated," Horner told Servus TV. "They're having a blast with this duel; they're enjoying the challenge.

"As a team, everyone is working as hard as they can to win this World Championship."

In addition to the team as a whole, Horner has no doubts over Verstappen being ready to claim his first title.

"Max has everything he needs to reach the next level," added Horner. "The time is right; he's ready and he's driving phenomenally."

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