Red Bull team principal Christian Horner took a dig at Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton again, saying that he thinks his driver Max Verstappen is better.

Verstappen won the world championship in dramatic fashion on the last day of the 2021 season. It was a season of two halves, with the Dutchman having the faster car in the first bit and his title rival Hamilton had it in the second one.

Mercedes were quicker than Red Bull after the summer break except for a race or two. They peaked at the Brazilian GP, where the seven-time champion schooled even his rival for 2021.

However, Horner took a dig at Hamilton, saying that in the same car, Verstappen would outperform him.

“You can’t deny anything Lewis has achieved,” he told The Times, as quoted by Racingnews365.com. “He’s one of the absolute greats and statistically the most successful in history.

“But you put Max and Lewis in that (Mercedes) car, and I have no doubt who would come out on top. Put Lewis in our car, and I also have no doubt who would come out on top.

Verstappen (front) was being hunted by Hamilton (behind) in the second half. Source: Getty Images

“With Max anything is possible. We didn’t expect to be competitive in Jeddah (at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix). That’s mainly down to Max. I don’t think enough credit has been given to him, the way he has driven.”

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“We often see very little difference between Valtteri (Bottas) and Lewis; same with Nico (Rosberg),” Horner continued.

“Max has wrung every ounce of performance out of this car this year. And since the summer and Mercedes’ upturn in speed, it has been Max who has kept us in this championship; the way he has driven.

“He’s been absolutely outstanding. Sometimes that gets overlooked, what he is able to achieve in a car with less horsepower and less performance than his rival.”

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