Christian Horner has it clear, the good role of Russell with the Mercedes when he replaced Hamilton in Sakhir showed that Verstappen’s level has nothing to envy that of the British driver. “I think Max Verstappen is the best and Russel’s performance at Mercedes confirmed that.” begins by saying the director of Red Bull in an interview to the web ‘racingnews365’.
Horner maintains that Lewis’s achievements are to be commended, but hints that he owes much of his success to his team: “Max and Lewis are the best for me, but while we shouldn’t be blind to what Hamilton has accomplished, he has a good technical package at his disposal while Max has to get more out of his car. “
Going back to the time when Russell replaced Hamilton, after the champion’s COVID-positive test, Horner believes that no substitute would have matched Verstappen’s level with his Red Bull the way George did with the German car: “At Mercedes, a driver de Williams can qualify directly in the front row and Russell could almost have won the race. If someone had to get in Max’s car, if he had coronavirus, he would never reach his level. “