Red Bull boss Christian Horner jokes ‘about 25 years old’ while chasing Lewis Hamilton
Red Bull boss Christian Horner jokes he is ‘about 25 years old’ during Lewis Hamilton’s late chase of Max Verstappen in thrilling climax to the US Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton by a very fine margin in Sunday’s race
- The Dutchman tapped Hamilton to pole and had a six-point lead on the standings
- Verstappen is 12 points ahead of the Mercedes driver with five races to go
- In dramatic climax, the Briton took seven seconds ahead of Verstappen
Red Bull boss Christian Horner admitted he was “aging about 25 years” during the dramatic climax of the US Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen executed Red Bull’s aggressive strategy to claim his eighth win of a campaign and possibly his first title as he is 12 points ahead of rival Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton beat polesitter Verstappen into the opening corner, but did not have the speed to close a significant gap.
Max Verstappen (right) beat Lewis Hamilton (left) by a second at the US Grand Prix in Texas
The Red Bull racer (left) was too strong for Hamilton despite the Brit’s lightning start
Verstappen then stole the initiative with an early stop, and while Hamilton – on younger rubber in the closing stages – took seven seconds off the Dutchman’s lead to reach a thrilling climax, he was unable to pose a real threat.
Horner could only watch and hope as his driver was chased by the Briton and he claimed the experience “made him about 25 years old”.
“I really didn’t think he would pull that off,” Horner told Sky Sports, after the race in which Red Bull’s Sergio Perez also finished third.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner (right) celebrated with third place Sergio Perez (left)
Hamilton (right) overtook Verstappen (left), who was on pole, in the very first corner in Texas
But at the close, the Brit never got close enough to Verstappen to really try to overtake
“Lewis had eight rounds of newer tires and the first set of hard tires that came off was pretty much on the canvas.
“We thought we wouldn’t have much here at the end, but Max managed to grab that tire in the last stint.
“You know Lewis is so strong at the end of the race and he had driven a long time and had an advantage.
“I think losing in the last few laps would have been really painful, but Max persevered, he did a great job, did it very smart and just had enough at the end.”
Hamilton finished 1.3 seconds behind his fierce rival Verstappen who won the US Grand Prix
Meanwhile, Verstappen seems to be having a more enjoyable experience, describing the final lap as “fun” and “exciting”.
“Of course we lost in the beginning, so we had to try and do something different,” he said.
Tire wear is quite high on this track, we went aggressive and I wasn’t sure if it would work, but the last few laps were fun. A little sideways through the fast corners but super happy to hold.
‘It was exciting. The whole race the pressure was on it not knowing how fast Lewis would get you. It’s unbelievable to win here.’