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Christian Horner

Horner: Verstappen never uncomfortable with Las Vegas race or Elvis suit

Max Verstappen was particularly vocal about his opposition to the Las Vegas GP - but Christian Horner has suggested he had anything against the race itself.

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Christian Horner has suggested that Max Verstappen never had a problem with the Las Vegas Grand Prix itself.

Prior to the weekend, the outspoken Verstappen claimed the event was "99% show and 1% sporting event."

The Red Bull driver would eventually go on and claim his 18th victory of the season in the Saturday night race, with Horner claiming Verstappen only ever disliked the 'show.'

Verstappen happy with Elvis suit

"He wasn't judging the race," Horner explained about Verstappen's pre-event comments to media including RacingNews365.

"I think he was judging what he feels. He feels a little uncomfortable with the show element, the Super Bowl effect of what was applied.

"But in terms of the race, he would have certainly enjoyed it."

After qualifying, Red Bull revealed special Elvis Pressley-themed race suits for Verstappen and Sergio Perez, with the World Champion even dabbling in a chorus of Viva Las Vegas on his in-lap.

Horner explained how this was something planned weeks in advance.

"We showed him that weeks ago," he said of the Elvis-inspired suit.

"It was something that he was aware of and bought into. To have both Elvis's on the podium, it was a great result."

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