Lewis Hamilton accused of dropping “subtle little digs” in F1 title race

Red Bull’s Christian Horner has accused Lewis Hamilton of “subtle little digs” and “provocations” towards Max Verstappen to gain the advantage in the Formula 1 title race.

There has been a war of words between Red Bull and Mercedes throughout an engrossing season, which has included team managers Horner and Toto Wolff verbally practicing in public.

F1 legend Alain Prost has claimed the garbage talk has gone too far, but Horner maintains the seven-time world champion is trying to use the media to destabilize Verstappen, who is eight points ahead of Hamilton before the last two races.

“Lewis continually drops his subtle little digs or provocations,” Horner told The Telegraph ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. “But I think what’s good about Max is that he doesn’t give a damn.

“He is who he is. He drives a car quickly. And then he wants to go home and play on his PlayStation. It’s that simple.”

Horner went on to compare Verstappen to world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in the style he drives, with his “burning desire” to rally against adversity.

“Max drives like Tyson Fury fights,” Horner added. “He has the same heart. You just know he’s going to give it his all and if you knock him down, he’s going to get up.

“He has this longing, this total commitment. I would put money on Max’s first running lap in Saudi Arabia being the fastest of all the riders.

Horner then attempted to downplay the growing tension between him and Wolff with a light debate over who would win a fight between the two: “Oh, I would take it any day of the week. Toto is a big weakling under it all.

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