Max Verstappen ‘not worried’ about ‘extreme’ design of Lewis Hamilton’s new Mercedes as Red Bull denies Christian Horner’s ‘unlawful’ comments


Max Verstappen has said he is not concerned about the “extreme” new design of the Mercedes car of reigning rival Lewis Hamilton.

The W13, has been a big talking point since its release with riders and builders commenting on its lack of sidepods.

Mercedes’ new look caused a stir thanks to its lack of a pontoon in Bahrain
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Max Verstappen 'not worried' about 'extreme' design of Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes as Red Bull denies Christian Horner's 'unlawful' comments
In Barcelona during the first series of tests, the sidepod is significantly larger
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Red Bull has even denied that Christian Horner said parts of the vehicle were “not legal”.

“Christian Horner did not give any interviews regarding the Mercedes car,” their statement read.

“Any quotes attributed to him this morning are incorrect.”

And reigning Formula 1 champion Verstappen doesn’t care what Hamilton and his team do with the vehicle.

“No, I’m not concerned. We can only focus on ourselves,” he said.

“I said it so many times last year and we have to do it again this year, even though the cars look a bit different.

Max Verstappen 'not worried' about 'extreme' design of Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes as Red Bull denies Christian Horner's 'unlawful' comments
Verstappen doesn’t care about Hamilton’s new car and says he and team can only ‘focus on themselves’
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Max Verstappen 'not worried' about 'extreme' design of Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes as Red Bull denies Christian Horner's 'unlawful' comments
Horner unhappy with Mercedes’ new car as their rivalry is set to continue this season
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“There are so many unknown things, what we have to learn, so I’m not worried at all.”

And Formula 1 chief executive Ross Brawn admitted the design came as a shock.

He said: “There is no doubt that the Mercedes concept, we did not anticipate it. This is a very extreme interpretation of the regulations.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff meanwhile spoke of his pride in the new look.

“I think we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved in terms of concept,” Wolff said, “but now we have to make it happen fast.

“I think it’s a direction of development that we like, and it’s about tuning the car and so we experiment a lot, like we did during the day, and we approach it with curiosity.

Max Verstappen 'not worried' about 'extreme' design of Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes as Red Bull denies Christian Horner's 'unlawful' comments
Hamilton and teammate Russell caused a stir in their cars
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Max Verstappen 'not worried' about 'extreme' design of Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes as Red Bull denies Christian Horner's 'unlawful' comments
Can the lack of sidepods help Mercedes star Hamilton reclaim the F1 title?
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“I think [are still] issues that are… specific to Bahrain,” Wolff added. “It’s very hot, you still see a lot of cars bouncing – some on the straights, some on the corners – so it’s a matter of setting. And we haven’t really looked at the performance data yet.

And Wolff insisted the FIA ​​had been in liaison with the design.

He said: “The process is very clear: when you go into a specific direction of development that you consider to have the FIA ​​involved in its review, you exchange CAD [computer-aided design] The data. You bring them into the process.

Only time will tell how well Mercedes’ new car performs and they hope it will be released when the season opener in Bahrain on March 18.

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