Horner has ‘no idea’ how things will go in Abu Dhabi

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Christian Horner on the starting grid. Saudi Arabia December 2021

Christian Horner on the starting grid. Saudi Arabia December 2021

Christian Horner says he has “no idea” how things are going to pan out in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

For the first time since 1974, the two title contenders enter the last round of the season level on points after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen finished P1 and P2 in Saudi Arabia with the former taking an extra point for fastest lap, setting up a winner-takes-all finale.

The Mercedes man heads into it as the favourite after winning each of the last three races with his team generally being stronger than Verstappen’s at every one of those race weekends.

That being said, Verstappen was the fastest man on track in qualifying last time out and would have taken pole with ease if he didn’t crash at the final corner on his final flying lap in Q3.

Given that, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has stated he’s unsure how things will go in Abu Dhabi.

Asked by Sky Italia who he thinks will come out on top, he said: “I don’t know, because we arrived here (Saudi Arabia) thinking this track suited our car better. Instead, we saw in qualifying they were half a second faster.

“In the race our car was faster than theirs, we have to understand why.

“For Abu Dhabi, it’s the same thing. I don’t know if we will be fast or not. It’s important we are equal with the points – we didn’t think we could be in this situation.”

Horner feels the same way as his counterpart, believing that his driver could take the fight to the Mercs despite their superior form.

“We’re going to come out of this weekend, we’re going to Abu Dhabi, we go there tied on the World Championship, leading by the virtue of race wins, it’s whoever finishes ahead and it’s just a straight fight as it has been all year,” he told Sky F1.

“Mercedes have won three in a row, Max won two before that, who is going to come out on top next weekend? I have no idea.

“We’ve seen performance in recent races, the form is with Mercedes, but I think again Max has fought like a lion this weekend and he’s giving everything.”


Due to Sergio Perez’s DNF last time out, Horner and co look all but certain to lose out on the Constructors’ Championship, but he is proud of their efforts nonetheless.

“This team has put together a phenomenal campaign this year, we’ve won 10 races, we’ve taken Mercedes – who would have thought of that this year – we’ve taken them all the way to the final race,” he added.

“Constructors’ we’re on the back foot now, we’d need a miracle to win that, but we’ve got one more shot to have a go at winning this title with Max, we will do everything that we can.”


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