Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says he can understand that “if you’re a Lewis fan or a Mercedes fan, that you can feel aggrieved by the events of Abu Dhabi”.
A lot of time has passed since the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but the controversy surrounding its finish is showing no signs of dying down.
It was there that race director Michael Masi broke the rules which govern the Safety Car and basically gifted Max Verstappen the 2021 title, while denying Lewis Hamilton his record-breaking eighth drivers’ crown.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has tried to defend Masi’s decisions many times since then, but ahead of the 2022 F1 summer break, he admitted he understands why Lewis’ fans can “feel aggrieved” by the whole situation.
“I always tend to look forward,” Horner said.
“I can understand if you’re a Lewis fan or a Mercedes fan, that you can feel aggrieved by the events of Abu Dhabi.
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“If you’re a Max fan you feel like it’s redemption for what happened earlier in the year,” he explained.
However, Horner had to revert to his old argument, which doesn’t deny that the result of Abu Dhabi was unfair, but instead emphasizes that the title was won over the course of the whole season.
“That’s where sport is always going to polarising. Last year, wasn’t just about Abu Dhabi, it was about 22 races.
“Do I think Max deserved it? Absolutely,” the Briton conluded.