Horner sees genuine respect in Formula One fight between Verstappen and Leclerc

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Horner sees genuine respect in Formula One fight between Verstappen and Leclerc

Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner says over the weekend that there is “genuine respect” between Charles Leclerc alongside Max Verstappen, as two of these potential title contenders of 2022 spent much of their junior careers competing against each other.

In point of fact, latest remarks from Christian Horner came forth as both Verstappen and Leclerc won two races each over the opening four events this season, setting the stages from a should-to-should championship battle that could enflame throughout the season.

At this standpoint, Leclerc stood at 25 points ahead of Verstappen.

Horner said there is a genuine respect in title race between Leclerc and Verstappen

While being asked whether a fierce rivalry had eclipsed any kind of respect in last year’s title race between Verstappen and Hamilton, Horner shied away from the question and turned to title race between Leclerc and Verstappen.

Speaking in the interview with a press agency, Horner said, “I think they've grown up racing each other in karting and so on, and they know each other very well. They come from the same generation, and there is a genuine respect between the two of them.

Ferrari have got a great car; they've got great drivers. They've been unlucky [at Imola]. But for sure they're going to be super competitive in two weeks' time [in Miami]. And I think it'll be like that for the whole season”.

Besides, addressing to Imola sprint, Leclerc said, “In karting I remember it was either me or him, and that's why we hated each other at one point, because very often it didn't end in the best way possible. But it was good times.

I think we just have very, two very different styles of driving. Sometimes one will win, sometimes the other might, but it's fun. I like it”.

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