Christian Horner explains why Max Verstappen ‘doesn’t give a f***’ on Lewis Hamilton

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner says his driver Max Verstappen has no interest in comments from his rival Lewis Hamilton, adding he “doesn’t give a f***” with the championship set to go down to the wire. After a season-long battle between Hamilton and Verstappen, just eight points now separate the pair heading into the penultimate race of the season in Saudi Arabia.

But Horner has accused the seven-time world champion of trying to rock the boat, claiming he’s been “trying to seed some doubts” with Verstappen.

The Red Bull driver hit back at the 36-year-old ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix after Hamilton said: “I know Max has not won a championship in a long, long time. I know what it’s like going for your first championship, and I know the pressures that come with that.”

The Dutchman brushed off any suggestion that his inexperience meant he was under more pressure, responding: “I like what I’m doing, so that takes the pressure off. It’s not the first time I’ve been in a championship fight. Yes, the first time in F1 but not in my life so that doesn’t really change because you need to win, and that’s what I’ve been doing in the past, so I need to strive to do the same here.”

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But Horner has accused the seven-time world champion of trying to rock the boat, claiming he’s been “trying to seed some doubts” with Verstappen.

The Red Bull driver hit back at the 36-year-old ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix after Hamilton said: “I know Max has not won a championship in a long, long time. I know what it’s like going for your first championship, and I know the pressures that come with that.”

The Dutchman brushed off any suggestion that his inexperience meant he was under more pressure, responding: “I like what I’m doing, so that takes the pressure off. It’s not the first time I’ve been in a championship fight. Yes, the first time in F1 but not in my life so that doesn’t really change because you need to win, and that’s what I’ve been doing in the past, so I need to strive to do the same here.”

Yet with the pair set to go head-to-head once again at the fast Jeddah Corniche Street Circuit, Horner opened up about his driver’s mindset with Verstappen the only driver who could mathematically win the title on Sunday.

“Lewis is always saying a few things, trying to seed some doubts, but Max doesn’t give a f***,” Horner told the Daily Mail.

“He never gets drawn into the politics or lets things disturb him. Nobody can be sure what will happen over the next few weeks.

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“But for me, Max is dealing with it like a young guy hanging out with his mates.”

Verstappen has an eight-point lead heading into the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and, should he out-score Hamilton by 18 points this weekend, will claim his first title.

Yet at a track labelled “one for the brave” on Sky Sports by former driver Anthony Davidson, Horner also had some doubts ahead of the weekend.

“I expect a bit of trouble. There could be some big shunts,” Horner added.

“I wonder who signs off these kinds of tracks. I mean, great idea. I guess they have $90million reasons why.”

Qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix takes place at 5pm GMT on Saturday, with the main event getting underway at 5.30pm on Sunday.

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