F1: Red Bull’s Christain Horner claims Max Verstappen is “very relaxed” after winning his maiden WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP title!

Max Verstappen (Left) with Christian Horner (right)
Max Verstappen (Left) with Christian Horner (right)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner gives us an insight into how Max Verstappen has been after winning his maiden World Championship title last year.

Horner believes Max Verstappen has been released from the pressure to be the world champion. He even told that Verstappen still has that same racing mentality in him that he had last year. With the right car, he can be the champion again.

We all remember last year when Max Verstappen lifted his maiden world championship title the world saw a young and hungry driver take on the legend, Lewis Hamilton for his maiden F1 World Championship title.

Christian Horner (left) with Max Verstappen (right) at FIA Prizegiving 2021
Christian Horner (left) with Max Verstappen (right) at FIA Prizegiving 2021

When asked about Verstappen, how he has been after winning the title Horner said

“In all honesty, not really. I mean, he’s very relaxed. He’s still racing with the same vitality that he’s always had. But I think, you know, having that first world championship on his CV now, having the number one on the car, in many ways it releases you from pressure. So, you know, that expectation for that first title is always obviously very high. But now he has that, obviously, achieved already, I think, you know, we saw it with Sebastian in many respects, it relieves pressure. And I think he’s just continuing to evolve, continuing to develop, and you have to remember that he’s still only 24 years of age.”

Australian Grand Prix qualifying, Max Verstappen’s way back?

Australian GP is just hours away to kick start and starting lineup for the race is out. Verstappen missing on pole by just 0.286 seconds and both the Red Bulls being in the top three is a good look for the team.

Max Verstappen (left) with Sergio Perez (right) during the Australian Grand Prix Qualifier
Max Verstappen (left) with Sergio Perez (right) during the Australian Grand Prix Qualifier

Max Verstappen faced some issues during the practice and qualifying sessions which he expressed in the interview with the former F1 driver-turned-television commentator Johnny Herbert in parc fermé. He said:

“Not good. I didn’t really feel good in the car the whole weekend so far. I think there’s not been one lap where I actually felt confident, so, (it was) a bit of a struggle. Of course, second is still a good result but yeah, just not feeling that great to go to the limit. So, we’ll try to analyze it.”

Max Verstappen would have wanted a good start for the 2022 season as the reigning world champion surely does hope to be in the title race but Bahrain had different plans altogether. Both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez dropped out from the race due to battery and heating issues surely there were reliability issues with the new RB18.

Australian Grand Prix 2022 Starting Grid

116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:17.868
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING RBPT1:18.154
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING RBPT1:18.240
44Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:18.703
544Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:18.825
663George RussellMERCEDES1:18.933
73Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES1:19.032
831Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:19.061
955Carlos SainzFERRARI1:19.408
1014Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT
1110Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI RBPT1:19.226
1277Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:19.410
1322Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI RBPT1:19.424
1424Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:20.155
1547Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI1:20.465
1620Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:20.254
175Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:21.149
186Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:21.372
2023Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES

With not so impressive start from the Red Bull in the 2022 season, the team is still in the hope to be in the driver’s championship race. With a long season ahead Red Bull sure does hope to be back at the top again. With Ferrari and Maclaren building up the pace, the three teams which are to look out for this season are sure fighting in for all.

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