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Christian Horner torn over best F1 moment with Red Bull due to Mercedes 'annihilation' – Express

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Christian Horner admits he is torn over his best F1 moment with Red Bull. The 48-year-old took the top job with the Austrian energy drink giants at the start of 2005 and led the team to the Constructors’ Championship in 2010, with their superstar driver Sebastian Vettel getting his hands on the Drivers’ Championship title in the same year. And he then helped Max Verstappen end Lewis Hamilton’s spell of dominance as the Dutchman won his maiden title last year.
“I mean, the first time I won it, I was 35 or something like that,” Horner told Steven Bartlett on The Diary Of A CEO podcast. “And that was the last race in Abu Dhabi against the odds with Sebastian Vettel.
“So that was a unique feeling and was one of the rare races that Dietrich Mateschitz actually came to. So for him to be there was very special, and that was a massive moment for the whole company and the whole business.”
Red Bull and Vettel went on to win four consecutive team and driver titles between 2010 and 2013. But Mercedes then won eight Constructors’ Championships in a row ahead of this season, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton winning a combined seven driver titles during that period.
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Christian Horner
But Hamilton was thwarted by Verstappen last year as the Dutchman finally lifted the trophy. The Red Bull ace enjoyed an incredible season on the track and got the better of his nemesis on the final lap of the season-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. And Horner admits the victory ended a period of Mercedes “annihilation.”
“I think having been through the tough times during that period of not just domination, annihilation by one of your opponents,” Horner added. “To never lose sight of what the end goal was and to fulfil that and to win it on the last lap. I mean, you couldn’t have written it.
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Max Verstappen
“Nobody would have believed it if somebody had come up with the script and said that’s the way the season is going to pan out. Nobody would have believed it. So for sure, it was probably the biggest moment of my career so far.”
Verstappen has dominated once again this year and secured his second title with four races to spare after winning the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month. And Red Bull look set to claim the Constructors’ Championship for the first time in nine years as they lead Ferrari by 165 points at the top of the standings.

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