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In the summary: Christian Horner says he has a lot of respect for the way Charles Leclerc faced Max Verstappen in 2022

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Horner has ‘lots of respect’ for ‘tough but fair’ Leclerc

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he has a lot of respect for the way Charles Leclerc faced Max Verstappen in 2022.

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Leclerc led the opening rounds of the championship, battling on track with Verstappen on several occasions, before falling to an 80-point deficit to the Red Bull driver at the summer break. Horner says he admires the way Leclerc battled against his driver through the first 13 rounds of this year’s championship.

“I have a lot of respect for the way he behaved,” Horner said.

“The way he runs on the track, he’s tough but fair and I think the race between the two guys, there’s been a lot of tough racing between the two in the first half of this championship, but there’s no hasn’t had a single touch and it’s great to see and it’s nice to be a part of it.”

COTA adds a new indoor grandstand for the United States Grand Prix

The Circuit of the Americas will add a new grandstand inside the course to increase capacity for the United States Grand Prix in October.

The new stand will be located just past the S-curves in the opening sector, looking at the cars from the front before they enter turn six. Grandstand tickets go on sale today at 10:00 a.m. CDT, and all other tickets are sold out for the three-day event.

“After years of ambition, this incredible location, something we’ve always hoped to add, is finally a reality,” said COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein.

“This is one of many fan-focused improvements, with a new five-lane road, 200 more buses at the entrance, five new shaded tents and a new ‘quick serve’ menu. This grandstand allows us to open up a whole new part of the campus to enriched programming and offers.

Hamlin doubts Raikkonen will fight for NASCAR win at Watkins Glen

Three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin doesn’t think Kimi Raikkonen will be in contention for victory on his NASCAR Cup debut at Watkins Glen this weekend.

Raikkonen will compete in his first race at NASCAR’s top level at the New York circuit in a one-time appearance with the new Trackhouse team. Asked how Raikkonen would change the dynamics of the race, Hamlin said he didn’t believe the former F1 champion would be able to fight for victory.

“It’s a great opportunity for him and Trackhouse and so on, but as far as being a contender for the win, I don’t think that’s a possibility,” Hamlin said. “Simply because it takes time. If you look at people who have had success in stock cars coming from open-wheel backgrounds, it takes a long time.

“I think it’s good for our sport if it gets good publicity, but other than that I’m not really sure it changes the dynamics of the race too much.”

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