Christian Horner: Appeal after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix feels a bit desperate


Christian Horner claimed the decision to appeal against Max Verstappen’s win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw him crowned Formula 1 world champion, was “a bit desperate”.

The Red Bull the driver overtakes the title opponent in the past Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the season-ending race at the Yas Marina Circuit benefited from a late-coming safety car that came together.

Hamilton seemed to be rushing towards glory, easily holding Verstappen in the final round, just because of a collision for Williams by Nicholas Latifi to change the course of events.

Confusion arose again when poor race director Michael Masi changed his mind to let the overpowered cars pass the safety car – meaning Verstappen had a clear run ahead of Hamilton in the lap. Race to the end and on much faster tires.

The Dutchman burst into tears as he crossed the line, expressing his love for his team and sitting by his car after the stop.

Mercedes immediately launched two appeals against this result, one against Verstappen for allegedly safe overtaking and a second alleging a violation of the rules regarding the following restart of the race. safe car time.

Both were sacked after the two teams spent hours in the manager’s office, Verstappen able to lift his title for more than four hours after crossing the finish line – although Mercedes chose to reject the intention to resist. call report.

When asked if he understood Mercedes’ decision – whose attorney was present at the hearing – to make their initial appeals, team principal Red Bull Horner replied: “Clearly feeling emotional felt a bit desperate but we didn’t want it to end up front of the managers.

“We never wanted to finish in front of the managers, obviously there was a lot of pre-race debate.

“It turned out to be very different after the race, we weren’t racing the lawyers etc – unfortunately it ended there but the managers got it right.

“We talked about ‘letting them race’, Niki Lauda being the one who gave it their best and we always talk about not finishing the race under the safety cars, the race director under the difficult circumstances totally made the right call and in terms of strategy, we did it right.

“If they appeal, they will appeal. We will fight them in appellate court and then in legal court later if they go that route. “

Horner also admitted it was a messy day for the team after Hamilton looked set to hit the title by more than one point.

Christian Horner celebrates (PA Wire)

(PA wire)

“It was an emotional roller coaster ride,” he said.

“It started off with a bad start, Lewis had a great start and they had a little bit more pace than us today.

“They decided to pick one stop, we went into two stops and then when Latifi had a problem we chose another set of tyres.

“They started the race again and Max had to count it, he had one lap left to do and he nailed it. So the excitement of that moment… and then it became clear that summons began to be made for the safety car and another for other things.

“It’s been a tense couple of hours but the FIA ​​and its managers, who I believe made the right decision today, bow their heads.” Christian Horner: Appeal after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix feels a bit desperate


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