A “great respect” between Leclerc and Verstappen

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 3:12 PM.

After a 2021 fiscal year marked by the tense relationship between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, and between Red Bull and Mercedes, there is much more respect between the Dutchman and Charles Leclerc, as well as with Ferrari.

If Lewis Hamilton (6th with 36 points) already lags behind in the drivers’ world championship after five Grands Prix, the battle at the top rages between Charles Leclerc (1st with 104 points) and Max Verstappen (2nd with 85 points). And the Monegask’s lead has dwindled, as the Dutchman won the last two tricks of this exercise in 2022, in Emilia-Romagna and then in Miami. But despite this competition, there is no animosity between the two men. A real change for Verstappen, who was torn with Hamilton during a final season in which he triumphed at the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabiin very special circumstances, to win his first world championship title.

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“There is great respect between Charles and Max,” said Christian Horner, the boss of Red Bull. They like to race against each other, you see, and I was hoping I wouldn’t have another competitive year like last year† But it looks like this one could go either way.” In addition to the relationship between the two drivers, those between Horner and Mattia Binotto, his Ferrari counterpart, are much more cordial than with Toto Wolff, the Mercedes boss. didn’t stop bickering during the 2021 season. “Mattia is a nice guy. It’s just a different competition, Horner continues, Motorsport reports. But you’re already giving up Toto. He has plenty of time to get back into the race. But I think we’re very self-centered. The nine teams are our competitors. And I believe that last year, a lot happened off the track, but also on the track, while this season everything seems much more focused on what happens on the track† And I think the races have been great between Charles and Max.” And for the Briton, Mercedes, whose second and new driver, George Russell (4th with 59 points), is outperforming Hamilton, would soon be “joining”.

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