‘Fighter’ Max Verstappen is a ‘nice guy’ who hasn’t been changed by Formula 1 world championship success, says Christian Horner

Max Verstappen’s life changed overnight as he sealed his first Formula 1 World Championship in November, however Christian Horner insists the Red Bull man was not changed by success .

The Dutchman won the title in the most dramatic of circumstances when he overtook seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the season’s final Grand Prix.


Verstappen won his first world championship in one of the most spectacular sporting events ever

He's still the same old Max in Horner's eyes.


He’s still the same old Max in Horner’s eyes.

Horner shed light on Verstappen’s mentality, saying his driver is a “real fighter”, who has that “inner burning desire” to win.

But outside of the car, Verstappen is just a ‘normal boy’ who is crazy about football and games.

The Red Bull team principal added that despite becoming world champion, Verstappen is still the same old Max.

Horner told talkSPORT Breakfast: “He has this burning inner desire. He’s a real fighter. You know that when you put it in the car, it will give you 110%.

“Outside of the car, he’s just a normal boy. A nice guy who loves his sport, loves his football and also loves his games.

“He’s just a nice guy who doesn’t need a high-profile life and just loves what he does.”

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When asked if winning the title changed Verstappen, Horner replied: “No, it hasn’t.

“He’s matured since he came to us at the age of 17, but he’s still the same guy with the same values.

“It’s great to work with him.”

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