Verstappen at the moment leads the F1 drivers’ championship by 12 factors over Hamilton as he goes in quest of Pink Bull’s first title since 2013.
Verstappen and Mercedes rival Hamilton have collided twice on-track this 12 months, crashing collectively at Silverstone and at Monza amid one of the vital intense title fights F1 has seen prior to now decade.
Their rivalry has led to comparisons with the battle between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1989 and 1990, with the title being settled in each years by a late-season crash involving the 2 drivers.
In an interview with the Daily Mail revealed final weekend, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff stated that if Hamilton and Verstappen had been racing one another for the title on the closing spherical in Abu Dhabi, “whoever is in entrance is totally going to attempt to do the identical as within the Senna-Prost years”.
Hamilton and Verstappen each distanced themselves from successful the championship by crossing the road when in battle on Thursday, with Horner saying he was “disillusioned to learn the feedback”.
“I believe we would like a extremely truthful combat between now and the tip of the championship, and I believe any driver would need to win the championship on-track,” Horner stated.
“We’re a group of racers. If we are able to pull off this feat, and it is a huge, huge job, then we would not need to win a championship by way of a collision between the drivers. There’s been sufficient of these this 12 months already.
“I believe what we noticed in Austin was a terrific combat between two drivers very a lot on the high of their sport, and [with] just a few extra races like Austin between now and the tip of the 12 months, I believe the largest winner can be Method 1.
Christian Horner, Group Principal, Pink Bull Racing
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“No one needs to see a championship determined in a gravel lure.”
Whereas this marks Verstappen’s first title battle in F1, the Dutchman has claimed he isn’t feeling any extra strain as he looks to end Hamilton’s streak of championship wins.
Horner was stuffed with reward for the way in which through which Verstappen was approaching his maiden title bid, significantly amid the depth of the combat with Hamilton.
“It has been so tight between the 2 drivers to-ing and fro-ing, just about from that first race in Bahrain, and I believe that it has been an intense battle between the 2 of them,” Horner stated.
“The best way that Max has dealt with that has been completely commendable. It is his first time on this scenario in Method 1, however I believe he is simply sticking to his rules, the way in which he races, the way in which he drives.
“He is received the 5 – 6 seasons behind him now of expertise which he is utilizing to nice impact.”