Christian Horner defends Max Verstappen’s controversial Formula One triumph as Red Bull chief insists that critics have ‘short memories’ and the Dutchman is ‘absolutely a deserving world champion’
- Christian Horner has once again defended Max Verstappen’s title triumph
- The 24-year-old won the Formula One world championship in controversial style
- The manner of Verstappen’s victory has seen Lewis Hamilton garner sympathy
- However, Horner says critics have ‘short memories’ in a defence of his star
Christian Horner believes that Formula One fans and pundits have ‘short memories’ as the Red Bull chief once again insisted that Max Verstappen is a deserving world champion.
Verstappen, 24, won the world championship in controversial fashion last month after passing Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, 36, on the final lap of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
The Dutchman was able to pass after a safety car allowed the Red Bull ace a pit stop and tyre change, before FIA race director Michael Masi allowed the five cars separating Verstappen and Hamilton to clear in a bid to engineer a last-lap shootout.
Christian Horner has once again defended Max Verstappen’s winning of the F1 world title
As a result, a large portion of fans believe that Hamilton was harshly robbed of a record-breaking eighth world championship, but Red Bull chief Horner has reminded critics that they have ‘short memories’.
‘People in this business have such very short memories,’ said Horner, via GPFans. ‘We’ve even forgotten what happened [earlier in the year]. It was such a long racing season.
‘Max is absolutely a deserving world champion. When you look at the championship as a whole, of course, the events in Abu Dhabi drew an awful lot of comment but that happens in sport.
‘We had a lot of bad luck last year, we got fortunate with a safety car, we made the right strategic calls, great strategy, great teamwork and great execution by Max, and we won the race.
Verstappen triumphed in controversial fashion to win his maiden world championship
Red Bull chief Christian Horner says that critics have ‘short memories’ of the long F1 season
‘Time will move on. Max is a very deserving world champion, we are incredibly proud of that, and the history books will always show he is the 2021 world champion.’
Mercedes’ appeals against the FIA were dismissed after the race and the team opted not to take the matter further, meaning that Verstappen was officially crowned world champion.
Toto Wolff revealed last month that Hamilton had grown ‘disillusioned’ with the sport, sparking concerns that the Briton may consider retiring before the start of the 2022 season.
Hamilton also unfollowed everybody on Instagram, as uncertainty continued to engulf the Mercedes man, but Wolff said that he is in constant communication with the seven-time champion.