The Mercedes driver sparked a Monaco Grand Prix weekend of intriguing comments back and forth by suggesting that Verstappen “has a lot to prove” over being a seven-time F1 champion.
Horner responded by suggesting that it meant Verstappen was “under the skin” of the seven-time F1 champion.
The day after his first victory in the streets of the Principality, Verstappen appeared to dig lightly in Hamilton when he said “actions speak louder than words”.
Hamilton, however, laughed at the comments, saying, “I don’t play mind games.
“It’s interesting what Christian is dating but I don’t understand that to be honest. They did a great job this weekend and that’s it.
“We had some good races too, but like I said there are 18 races to go so it’s just childish at the end when you start to get into a war of words.
Verstappen’s title fight is no different from the rest
Since Nico Rosberg retired as world champion at the end of the 2016 season, Hamilton has not faced a sustained title fight for an entire season without Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas able to hold on. the distance.
After relinquishing the championship lead to Verstappen, Hamilton was asked if this could be the toughest battle yet.
“I’ve been running since I was eight,” he added. ” Each [title fight] is different in its own way, but I don’t think it’s any worse or better. It’s going to be hard.
“I told you at the start that they had a car that won the championship and that they are going to be very hard to beat.
“I’ve been serious about it all year, all these races and we’ve won races that we shouldn’t have won like in Bahrain but it’s not over yet. There is a long way to go. “