Horner reacted to Verstappen’s World Champion title being confirmed


The stewards dismissed Mercedes’ post-race complaints in Abu Dhabi, making Max Verstappen the 2021 F1 World Champion.

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After a pair of objections from Mercedes during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix were denied, Red Bull team manager Christian Horner said the stewards “made the right decision.”

Mercedes lodged two post-race complaints, one against Max Verstappen and the other against the Grand Prix result, requiring representatives from both teams to appear before the stewards.

Articles 48.12 and 48.8 of the FIA F1 Sporting Regulations were used as grounds for the protests.

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“They’ve come to the right decision”

The stewards eventually dismissed both complaints, certifying Verstappen as the World Champion, pending any possible Mercedes appeals.

“We didn’t want it to end in the stewards’ room,” Horner told the media, including RacingNews365.com, in response to the verdicts. We didn’t go into the stewards’ room with it. But, you know, they made the right choice.

“We’re grateful. [F1 Race Director] Michael [Masi] wanted to let [the drivers] race. That’s what we’ve talked about for years. Niki Lauda started the concept of let them race, and that’s what he did.

“Max is a very, very worthy World Champion, and we’re very proud of him. We’re gonna go and celebrate this championship now.”

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