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Christian Horner promises Latifi ‘lifetime Red Bull offer’ after his crash helps Verstappen win F1 title

WILLIAMS driver Nicholas Latifi has been promised an endless supply of Red Bull by Christian Horner after his collision resulted in Max Verstappen winning the Formula One World Championship.

The The Dutch star overcame rival Lewis Hamilton in the final lap in Abu Dhabi to deny the Mercedes ace a record eighth world title.

Christian Horner reacts to Max Verstappen after Red Bull star wins Formula One World Championship

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Christian Horner reacts to Max Verstappen after Red Bull star wins Formula One World ChampionshipCredit: Getty
Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed on lap 54 when he saw a safety car deployed

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Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed on lap 54 when he saw a safety car deployedCredit: Sky Sports

British legend HamiltonThe 36-year-old apparently won only for a safety car deployed on track 54 after the Latifi crashed into a fence.

Hamilton led the race more than ten seconds in front of the safety car, which finally allowed Verstappen hone more on the old man from McLaren.

Verstappen then used his newer tires after he was pitted against the seven-time world champion right at death.

He was able to close the gap after the managers decided to allow the cars to overtake Hamilton, leaving the Dutch driver clear in front of him.

It comes after managers initially indicated that covered cars between Hamilton and Verstappen would be in their lineup.

Speaking on Sky Sports before the crash, team boss Red Bull Horner said Verstappen needed a ‘miracle’ to win the title.


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And after that miracle properly happened, Horner was quick to say that Latifi would receive the gift of a lifetime from him.

In an interview with Channel 4, he commented: “He’ll definitely get a lifetime supply of Red Bull.”

Horner, who shed tears after Verstappen beat Hamilton to the title, also claimed that the collision was a gift from the ‘racing gods’.

The 48-year-old told Sky Sports: “We needed something from the racing gods for the last ten laps.

“Thanks to Nicholas Latifi for that safe car. I have to tell the managers… they did a great job to get the race going again.

Horner has announced Latifi will receive a lifetime supply of Red Bull after his crash resulted in Verstappen winning the F1 world title

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Horner has announced Latifi will receive a lifetime supply of Red Bull after his crash resulted in Verstappen winning the F1 world titleCredit: Sky Sports

“We screaming at him [F1 race director Michael Masi] ‘let them race’.

“It’s a crazy competition and for Max to win the world championship – it’s not just here.

“I have to commend Lewis, he’s been a phenomenal opponent all year, he’s a great champion and that’s what makes this win even more valuable.”

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