Red Bull’s principal, Christian Horner, believes that handling the pair of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez is not as easy as it was with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Apparently, the comparison of the drivers came after the disputes that took place between Verstappen and Checo in Interlagos. Max Verstappen refused to follow the team’s order to let Checo pass on him, which cost him to lose his second position in the drivers’ standings.
However, when Christian Horner said the above, he was saying it in a joking tone. No one can forget that Vettel and Webber also do have a fractious relationship. The incident that happened in the Brazilian Grand Prix took the world’s attention. This already happened between the two former Red Bull drivers in the Malaysian Grand Prix back in 2013.
In the Sepang circuit, Webber was leading the track just ahead of Sebastian Vettel (he was a three-time-world champion then). Ordering the Multi 21, team Red Bull asked the drivers to hold the station. But, Vettel refused to follow the order and passed on his teammate at turning four, eventually winning the race.
Christian Horner Belives Vettel Versus Webber Was Easier Than Verstappen Versus Perez
Mark Webber was seemingly upset with the team’s boss. He later admitted that he believed it was revenge because of the 2012 title decision in Brazil. Then Vettel was under threat of losing his third championship because Webber crashed against the pit wall. This caused Vettel to lead Alonso Fernando by just 3 points.
Apparently, it was revenge in history that repeated itself in 2022. When Max Verstappen was asked for the reasons why he could not return Checo’s P6 position in Brazil, he said he had already mentioned it to his team. But when a reporter asked him if it was about Sergio Perez’s crash in Monaco, he said, “you can decide that. I am not going to say anything now.”
Recently in an interview with Sky German, Christian Horner was asked about does it feel to manage Max Verstappen and Checo as compared with Vettel and Webber, he laughed. He then jokingly said, “Vettel versus Webber was easy compared to our current drivers.” He suggested that Sebastian and Mark were a great pair of drivers and o Bull had a fantastic time back when they were together in the team.
Meanwhile, there seemed a little bit of hope for the return of Sebastian Vettel, who just retired from Formula One by the end of this season. Vettel has announced that he is not into the sport anymore after retiring. Rather, he would spend time with family. However, Red Bull’s advisor Helmut Marko has assumed that Vettel will be back in the paddock sometimes. If not as a driver but as a team boss or coach, despite Vettel’s exit from F1.