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Horner names key attribute to Verstappen’s success as he puts him alongside fellow F1 greats

The Dutchman claimed his 16th victory in 2023 last weekend in Mexico City

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has stated that Max Verstappen’s “burning desire” to win makes him one of the sport’s most successful drivers, as he compares the three-time world champion to various Formula 1 greats.

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Verstappen celebrating his record breaking 16th victory of the season in Mexico City. Credit: Song Haiyuan/MB Media via Getty Images

Verstappen has once again dominated another season in F1. The Dutchman now has three world titles to his name after clinching his third consecutive championship in a row at the Qatar Grand Prix last month.

The Red Bull driver has continued to break records along the way. Verstappen became the fifth man to win three drivers titles in a row. He puts himself alongside the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

In addition to this, after breaking the record for most race wins in a season with 15 back in 2022, Verstappen has now broken this achievement after he won his 16th race of the campaign last weekend at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

The list doesn’t stop there. In 2023, the flying Dutchman has scored the most points in a year with 491, has led the most laps in a season with 854 and has the most consecutive race wins in a row across a campaign with 10.

However, the most incredible part about all of this, is that there are still three races to go in 2023. So, the question is, how many more records can Verstappen break and achieve, as we approach the tail end of the season?

Verstappen on another level

Speaking to, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has praised Verstappen after another excellent season for himself and the team, as he believes the Dutchman’s hunger and determination to win puts him up there with the greats of the sport.

“I think all the greats had a huge hunger and determination,” said Horner.

“Whether it’s in Formula 1 or in any sport, you have to have that burning desire from within, and when you look at some of the legends in this sport, whether it’s the Senna’s or whether it’s currently the Hamilton’s or any of the drivers that have gone before [they have that].”

“Going back through all of the ages, back to the [Jim] Clark’s, the [Jackie] Stewart’s, the [Juan Manuel] Fangio’s. They all had an inner drive and an inner belief, and I think that we saw that in Sebastian [Vettel], who also was hugely competitive, [and] didn’t want to leave anything on the table, and I think Max even takes that to another level.”

“He’s not obsessive in chasing records or statistics, although he knows more than you think, but he has an inner desire, an inner belief, an inner hunger that drives him. And as I say, if you look across some of the greats across many sports, you see that as a common trait.”

Two goals remain for Red Bull in 2023

After winning three drivers’ world titles in row and back-to-back Constructor’s’ championships, Horner is still aiming to achieve two more goals with the team before the season ends.

“There are two goals remaining this season,” said Horner. “One is to keep winning and two is to secure that second place [in the constructors’] and it’s something as a team we’ve never done. We never achieved it with Sebastian and Mark [Webber].”

“We came close last year with Max and [Sergio Perez] and Checo is in a strong position. So, it will be a great achievement in a season… with the level of dominance that we’ve had, with an incredible car.”

“[Sergio’s] been working hard with his engineers. He’s been working hard behind the scenes, I think, to make sure that he’s on the front foot coming into these remaining races.”

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