Horner relieved after season finale: ‘Thank God for that safety car’

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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has given the 2021 Formula 1 season a worthy conclusion. It was a fantastic season with an unprecedentedly exciting title fight that was decided on the very last race lap. Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen has run away with the title and his team boss Christian Horner is only too happy about that. He let us know what he thought of the race in the Red Bull Racing review.

“I said we needed something from the racing gods in the last ten laps and thank goodness for that late safety car,” said Horner. He is of course referring to the safety car that was caused by a crash of Williams driver Nicholas Latifi. This allowed Verstappen to make a pit stop for new softs and the Dutchman joined race leader Hamilton, who was still driving on his hard tires.

The British team boss continues. “It’s been a great competition and Max is now world champion. It’s not just about this race, but about the whole season. He has been so consistent as a driver.” The Red Bull Racing man does recognize a very worthy opponent. “Credits to Lewis for he has been a phenomenal opponent, the fact that he is so good makes this world championship even more beautiful.”

“This championship really came down to the very last lap, with a good strategy we put Max on the softs and from then on it was up to Max to finish it. He did that in typical Max style.’ The team boss couldn’t control his nerves during the last lap. “I was screaming from Turn 5 all the way to the end of the long straight. He did it. I am so proud of him and the rest of the team. We’ve had to go through a lot this year and we’ve performed against a formidable opponent.’

Horner: ‘Without Pérez Max would not have become world champion’

The praise does not stop there because Sergio Pérez also played an important role in the decision of the title. “Checo was the perfect teammate today. The way he held up Lewis, on old tires, was really fantastic driving. Without him Max probably wouldn’t even have become champion, the whole team executed the strategy perfectly,” said Horner, who also thanks the engine supplier. “I would like to thank Honda for our cooperation and support over the years. We are moving forward together in a different way but we look forward to extending our success.”

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