Christian Horner has paid tribute to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, and to their rivalry this season.

Hamilton and Verstappen wrote the latest chapter in their rivalry when they collided at the Italian GP. The collision took them both out of the race, which meant the title rivals left Monza with zero points.

The Red Bull Team Principal weighed in on the dramatic weekend and stated that the rivalry was incredible to watch as a neutral. Horner then paid tribute to Hamilton and Verstappen.

In his latest column, Horner wrote, “We’re witnessing one of the great sporting rivalries, not just within Formula 1, but within the sporting world for a generation.

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The rivalry between Hamilton (left) and Verstappen (right) has been exhilarating. Source: grandprix247.com/Getty Images

“It’s intense and the stakes are high. It’s hugely competitive and nothing is being given up without a fight by either side. Also from our perspective, it’s hugely enjoyable to be back in a competitive position fighting for a world championship. After all, when was the last time a Mercedes car was not leading the championship at this stage of the year?

Super Max

Horner then went on to hail his driver in Verstappen for the crucial points he has been scoring.

“Since the summer break, Max has been in great form,” Horner said.

“His pole lap at Spa, in difficult conditions, was phenomenal and gained us the points there. His performance under immense pressure in Holland and all the expectations placed on his shoulders was incredible.

“And in Monza, the way we worked as a team to get third place on the grid in qualifying and his drive in the sprint qualifying, which got him second place that in turn became pole for the race, all while securing vital championship points, was very impressive.

“As for the race itself, we knew McLaren would be a big opponent in Italy because their cars are well-suited to that venue. Daniel Ricciardo made a good start and Max pushed him as hard as he could, but we couldn’t overtake,” he concluded.

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