Christian Horner believes that Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have “genuine respect” towards each other.

Verstappen and Leclerc are the front-runners at start of the season. They are the only race winners in 2022 and are currently top the Drivers’ Championship.

There have not been any controversial moments between them, which contrasts with Verstappen’s rivalry with Lewis Hamilton in 2021. Horner thinks that the fact current championship leaders have been competing against each other since karting, is the reason for it.

“I think they’ve grown up racing each other in karting and so on, and they know each other very well,” the Red Bull Racing team principal said.

“They come from the same generation, and there is a genuine respect between the two of them.”

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