Max Verstappen crowned F1 world champion – Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes ‘shellshocked’

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that race director Michael Masi did nothing wrong in allowing the lapped cars to overtake the safety car before the last-lap restart.

“That just about sums up this year,” he tells Sky Sports F1.

“I said Max was going to need something from the racing gods in the last 10 laps so thank you, Nicholas Latifi, for that safety car!

“We felt hard done by with the stewards at the beginning of the race but they did great to get the race going again.

“It’s been an insane competition, and for Max to win the world championship it’s not just about here, it’s the whole year.

“Lewis has been a phenomenal opponent all year, he’s a great world champion and that’s what makes it more valid to win this.

“We were screaming at him [Masi] to let them race. That’s what we’ve been talking about all year and this championship came down to the last lap.

“A great strategy call to make that pit stop, to take that set of softs and then it was down to Max and make it happen.”

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