Christian Horner plays down George Russell hype after thrilling scrap with Max Verstappen

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RED BULL boss Christian Horner was reluctant to heap reward on George Russell after the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Purple Bull workforce principal Christian Horner refused to hop on the George Russell hype practice regardless of the Mercedes star’s thrilling battle with Max Verstappen on the Spanish Grand Prix. Followers went wild on the back-and-forth between the younger F1 duo, which was made extra attention-grabbing by the Dutchman’s defective DRS system. 

Wheel-to-wheel motion between Verstappen and Russell was just about unimaginable earlier than this season. Final yr, the previous was combating for the world title with Lewis Hamilton, whereas the latter was nonetheless loitering in direction of the again of the grid with Williams. 

However since stepping as much as the Silver Arrows, Russell has appeared the most definitely driver to take the combat to Ferrari and Purple Bull this yr. And onlookers had been handled to a uncommon battle on Sunday as Verstappen, who was making an attempt to combat again after an earlier spin, spent a number of laps making an attempt to squeeze previous Russell. 

However the Englishman stood agency and even unleashed some slick strikes of his personal when it appeared as if the Purple Bull star had received previous. Finally, technique made the distinction as Verstappen went on to win the Grand Prix, and Horner was not as amused as some. 

Christian Horner plays down George Russell hype after thrilling scrap with Max Verstappen

Christian Horner claimed George Russell vs Max Verstappen was a ‘one-armed combat’ (Picture: GETTY)

“[The battle] was a bit one-armed as a result of Max didn’t have full use of his DRS,” Horner informed the F1 Nation podcast. “George was getting his elbows out at flip one. It was good, laborious racing and I believe this era are actually thrilling racers and I believe we’ve received a few years to return.”

Verstappen had a rollercoaster Sunday in Spain, rising irate over the workforce radio at his defective DRS system. Charles Leclerc’s engine failure helped him out a fantastic deal, nonetheless, and the outcome has landed him with the Drivers’ Championship lead earlier than Monaco. 

Verstappen’s triumph was additionally made attainable by his Purple Bull team-mate, Sergio Perez, who needed to transfer out of the best way underneath workforce orders. On the time, the Mexican labelled the choice ‘very unfair’, and after Horner hopped onto the workforce radio to congratulate ‘Checo’ on a strong drive, Perez replied demanding that they ‘speak later’. 

Horner subsequently addressed the workforce orders despatched to the 32-year-old, which denied him the chance to combat for what would have been simply his third race victory. Whereas it was clearly a bitter capsule to swallow on the time, the Purple Bull boss claims that he got here round rapidly as soon as the mud settled on an thrilling contest. 

Christian Horner plays down George Russell hype after thrilling scrap with Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen earned his fourth race win of the season in Spain (Picture: GETTY)

“[Asking him to hold back] is all the time a bit robust, however Checo was on a two-stop and Max on a 3,” he added. “We spoke about it within the briefing earlier that we’d have to modify vehicles round as a result of we don’t need to lose time on both of their races.

“It made no sense, notably when Max on a tyre that gave him a two-second per lap benefit, to let the 2 drivers combat. On the time limit, when he’s main the Grand Prix, he doesn’t see the general image. However he understood it in a short time.”

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