Horner says Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry good for F1

Christian Horner knows what it is like to manage feuding teammates

Christian Horner knows what it is like to manage feuding teammates

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has commended Mercedes for the super job they have done this year in Formula 1, and believes the high profile inner team feud between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is healthy for the sport.

Speaking in Monaco Horner said, “I think if you look back in recent past, if you look at the rivalry that we’ve had with Ferrari, the World Championship going to the wire in 2010 and in 2012, it wasn’t settled until the final race. I think that’s a utopia situation.”

“I think that Mercedes are doing a super job at the moment and they have a rivalry within their own team and it’s down to the rest of us to do a good job to try and catch them up and put them under pressure. But I think it is healthy for the sport, there does need to be rivalry,” declared the world champion team boss.

Red Bull experienced a similar situation in 2010 when their drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, slugged it out for the title. The pair colliding famously during the Turkish Grand Prix, thereafter the relationship soured and never recovered until Webber left the team at the end of last year.

Prior to that incident Horner would often trumpet with pride the great relationship between his two drivers.

“Sometimes we live in a too politically correct world and the rivalry is healthy in sport, whether that be between teams or between sportsmen,” ventured Horner. (GP247)