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Verstappen’s appearance in 2022 “on another planet”, claims Horner

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has hailed driver Max Verstappen for his performance this season from “another world”.

Verstappen has won his second world title with four races remaining in the Formula 1 season. Horner says the Dutchman drove with maturity and conviction to fend off rivals like Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

“To make it with four races to go is truly a remarkable achievement,” Horner told Motorsport.com. “And I think Max has been on a different planet this year, dominating this championship, riding with such maturity, such conviction.

“And of course I think far less controversial than the last race in Abu Dhabi, which was a battle of titans last year. And the big one that stands out for us is that of the designers.

“So after eight years, no other team has come close to winning and hopefully we can bring that home again this year.”

This year’s championship is a clear victory for Verstappen after the controversy following his first title of 2021. Verstappen passed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with just one lap to go after F1 rules were bent.

And commenting on last year’s championship, Horner said: “A championship win is a championship win. And here, in my opinion, the blood pressure is much lower than in Abu Dhabi. But it means just as much.”

Verstappen was unaware when he crossed the finish line at the Japanese GP that he had won the championship as the race was abandoned due to bad weather. But it was confirmed shortly after.

The star said: “It’s obviously a crazy feeling as I wasn’t expecting it when I crossed the line. Would there be half points? I didn’t know how many points I would get. I was happy with the race we had.”

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