When asked about his most memorable races at a PokerStars event, Red Bull Team boss Christian Horner said: “It is a tricky one. There are probably two and they are both in Abu Dhabi.
The first is that epic battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in 2021, where a controversial call from race director Michael Masi saw Verstappen claim his maiden Drivers’ Championship.
Horner has also chosen the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as another golden memory. On that occasion, four drivers went into the finale with a chance of claiming the world title. Sebastian Vettel was third in the standings, behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.
“Obviously the first one is last year, that final which is one of the most watched moments of sport, certainly last year,” said Horner.
“All coming down, after a heavyweight fight from the first race to the last, going down to the last lap where Max was able to win that Championship.
“The emotions and tension in that were insane. To see him achieve that, especially after such a long period where one team dominated for, was hugely exciting and rewarding and stressful.
“The one before that was also Abu Dhabi with Sebastian Vettel in 2010 going against the odds. Four drivers went into the final race with a chance of winning, and he just got his head down and won the race. The results played out, and he won the championship, and it was the first championship that we won. If I’m being selfish it would be those two moments.”