Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has accused Lewis Hamilton of loving “a bit of kidology” when things aren’t going his way.
The Mercedes Formula 1 driver has always dismissed the notion of playing mind games with his opponents, but it’s something almost every driver does to gain a slight competitive advantage.
Hamilton is no different according to Horner, who has rejected Hamilton’s claims that Red Bull is running away with the 2021 F1 championship.
“It’s so early in the season to talk about running away with anything,” Horner told BBC Radio 4.
“Lewis loves a bit of kidology, trying to move the spotlight away from himself – which is part of the gamesmanship of any sport.”
Max Verstappen holds a 32-point advantage over Hamilton in the Drivers’ Standings, and although it’s an impressive gap given Mercedes’ recent dominance, Horner is getting carried away, although admitted a win at Silverstone boosts Red Bull’s confidence.
“It is such a long season and with 29 points available this weekend, a 32-point lead can vanish very quickly,” added the Briton.
“He [Hamilton] is going to be fighting incredibly hard. Silverstone has been a stronghold for Lewis, it has been a stronghold for the team.
“[Seven wins] is an immense record. We are going to have to be at the top of our game to beat them but if we can beat them at Silverstone then there is nothing we should fear for the rest of the championship.”