Red Bull team principal Christian Horner could not hold back his tears after his team won the Constructors’ Championship with Max Verstappen’s victory at the United States Grand Prix. The victory was dedicated to Dietrich Mateschitz, co-owner and founder of Red Bull, who died at the age of 78 on Saturday.
Horner was seen crying and hugging his wife Geri Halliwell, known as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, after Red Bull famously completed a one-two by claiming the Constructors’ Championship. Red Bull only needed 19 points to ensure Ferrari couldn’t catch them, with victory likely confirmed as early as the opening lap when Carlos Sainz was forced to retire following a collision with Mercedes’ George Russell.
Verstappen paid tribute to Mateschitz while speaking after the victory. “It was difficult,” said Verstappen. “Everything looked good, but then the pit stop was a bit longer than we would have liked, so I had to fight my way through again.”
“We gave it our all today and of course it’s a very difficult weekend for us, so this one is definitely dedicated to Dietrich. We had a great chance to win the constructors’ championship here, and you want to do it in style.” and I think we did today. This is a great track to fight. If you go past one corner, you can come back at the next, and it’s really nice to drive here.”
Before the race, Horner described how he had been feeling since Mateschitz’s passing. “He has been very emotional, but there has been an overriding pride in who he is, what he has achieved and what he has done for all of us,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.
“He wouldn’t have wanted a minute of silence, that’s for sure, and that’s why we played the music loud all morning.
“He loved his career, he was passionate, he gave so many drivers a chance and the best tribute we can do for him is to try and complete this constructors’ championship.”
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