Red Bull chief Christian Horner says Mercedes’ reaction to Max Verstappen’s win over Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi is ‘a shame’, saying rivals ‘made an error’ with pit stop call and calling Michael Masi criticism ‘excessive’

Red Bull chief Christian Horner has expressed his disappointment with Mercedes’ reaction to Max Verstappen’s controversial title success at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Verstappen managed to overtake Hamilton on the final lap, with the Red Bull driver securing glory, much to the anger of Mercedes. Horner was frustrated that no members of the Mercedes team were below the podium after the race, and stressed his belief that Mercedes made an error in terms of not choosing for Hamilton to pit. Horner told The Telegraph: ‘I did find it disappointing that there wasn’t a single member of the Mercedes team below the podium. Horner was full of praise for Verstappen’s attitude, with the 24-year-old refusing to give up as he was involved in an engaging battle with Hamilton. ‘I don’t think Lewis was expecting him to go through there. This week Mercedes snubbed the FIA gala in Paris, where Verstappen received his trophy. Horner revealed this week that Wolff texted him to congratulate him on Verstappen’s world championship success.

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