Max is the man Hamilton fears the most, says Horner

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Verstappen, 21, won two races a year ago and will be hoping Honda provide a reliable and powerful engine after the manufacturer's return to Formula One with McLaren ended in divorce at the end of 2017.

Hamilton claimed his fifth World Drivers' Championship in October by finishing fourth in the Mexico Grand Prix, a race won by none other than Verstappen and finished the season 88 points ahead of the runner-up, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

"Max, if you look at his performance in the second half of the [last] year, was the second highest points scorer to Lewis", Horner was quoted as saying by Reuters.

"I don't think he lacks anything that they have, and if we can provide him the tools to do the job, he's probably the driver that they fear the most". I will be with a teammate who is one of the best and most talented of the moment.

The Frenchmen has been promoted to Red Bull for the 2019 season as Daniel Ricciardo's replacement, following his shock move to Renault. We would rather see consistent evolution, and if that means taking a penalty or two along the way, as we saw a year ago the impact of those penalties at the right venue can be fairly minimal. "He is more worldly, more experienced", said Horner.

Following his crash-strewn start to last season, Horner reckons Verstappen has grown in maturity that will enable him to deal with any challenges he may face.

"It was interesting talking to him after the Formula E race. That was actually a useful exercise for him".

"If I have the vehicle to win then that's what I would love to do".

But according to the Dutch driver, his new Red Bull RB15 - the first of the team's cars that will feature Honda horsepower - already feels good on the simulator.

While relations between Red Bull and previous engine partner Renault collapsed into acrimony, Horner has faith that the relationship with Honda will not play out in a similar way.

"With Honda, it being a true technical partnership, there is much more collective responsibility from both sides rather than being a customer supplier scenario".

Horner said Red Bull aimed to be more consistent across all circuits this year, rather than just those where engine power was less of a factor.

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