Verstappen appears to phone in some rehearsed radio messages via Microsoft Teams, delivering thrilling lines like “Let’s do it” and “Great race”.
Making a slightly surreal link between the Red Bull promotional short and this weekend’s British GP, Horner suggested tradespeople the world over like to push the envelope just like fighter pilots and F1 drivers, when asked why speed fascinates people so much.
“I think it’s just seeing the human and a machine and that combination of how far they can push each other – so whether it’s flying a Spitfire or driving a white van it’s all about ‘what are the limits?’,” he said.
“Seeing a Formula 1 car at Silverstone in its purest form on one of the fastest tracks in the world is one of the biggest challenges and the drivers love it. It’s one of the big ones we always want to win as a team and hopefully this year we’ve got a great chance.”
Looking ahead to upcoming British GP, Verstappen commented on his approach to an altered weekend format featuring F1’s very first sprint race.
“I mean, you take risks but controlled – especially when you are fighting for a championship so that one race is not going to define the end result,” he said. “Let’s wait and see how it goes!”