Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that Max Verstappen is the driver that Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel fear the most. The duo, with their total of 9 world championships, think that Verstappen has the best chance of disrupting their front running status in Formula 1.
During the last nine races of the 2018 season only championship winner Hamilton outscored Verstappen. This followed a poor start for the Dutchman making mistakes and suffering several incidents which left his title challenge floundering.
Speaking about Verstappen, Horner commented: "I don't think he fears anything. We've seen both of those guys make mistakes throughout their careers. Sebastian has a bit of a messy year last year.
"I don't think he lacks anything that they have if we can provide him with the tools to do the job. He's probably the driver that they fear the most. He's got that absolute determination and zero fear. we saw it in the rain in Brazil (in 2017) . His ability to go to the next level is right there with the very best."
Horner then expanded his view of the 21-year-old: "I think his maturity has increased; we saw that during the course of last year. He's just more worldly, more experienced. He's in a better place to be able to deal with the pressures that are placed on him."
Verstappen will take the role as the senior driver with Pierre Gasly alongside him and Horner expects him to lead the team's development during the 2019 season although he admits that Verstappen is not a fan of testing.
"You just know with him that he wants to race as hard as possible, every lap. He's not a big fan of testing, he'd far rather go racing."
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