Horner heaps praise on Verstappen despite setback – “Fought like a gladiator”

Christian Horner heaped praise on Max Verstappen despite his setback, saying that he tried his best.

Verstappen had a Saudi Arabian GP to forget despite finishing second. He took a ten-second penalty for his dangerous driving and was reprimanded by the authorities. More annoyingly, he finds himself level on the championship standings from 21 points ahead at one point.

With one race to go, the momentum is very much against the Dutchman. His incredible season so far could all be for nought at Abu Dhabi if he doesn’t finish in the position required.

Nevertheless, Horner heaped praise on Verstappen, and hailed his fighting spirit and determination.

“Max has fought like a gladiator this weekend and given it everything,” the Red Bull Team Principal said, as quoted by thecheckeredflag.com.

“It was frustrating to drop points in the constructors’ championship with Checo (Perez) being taken out at the restart, so we now have one chance.

Horner lamented Verstappen’s (pictured) lack of luck in the race. Source: Getty Images

“We have a week to regroup and now it goes down to the wire at Abu Dhabi. It’s a straight-out fight as it has been for the entire year. For the fans, it is fantastic, it keeps the championship dream alive and we have one shot and it’s time to take it.”

What happened there?

“There was obviously an awful lot of damage and debris for Race Control to deal with because of all the incidents,” he continued.  

“So it was a frustrating race in that respect and we were probably lucky to come away with second, especially given the amount of damage we had to the back of our car.

“I don’t know what Lewis (Hamilton) was doing, because Max was trying to give the place up as instructed by Race Control, he lifted and you can hear that, it was clear we were trying to give the place up and we’d informed Race Control. 

“I don’t know if Lewis didn’t want to pass before the DRS zone, but it was very strange to have him drive straight up the back of Max. We got a five second time penalty, I thought it was on the harsh side, they both went wide and were racing,” he concluded.

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