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Horner after victory in season finale in Abu Dhabi: 'A historical season'

Published on 27 November 2023 by Julien Lemmen

The Oracle Red Bull Racing-team ended the season in style with Max Verstappen's victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It marked the 21st win of the season for the Milton-Keynes-based team, which also won the constructors' championship by more than double the amount of points over nearest rival Mercedes.

Team principal Christian Horner is full of praise about the performance of his team: “Well that brings the curtain down on a year that can only be described as incredible. This car is going to go down in the history books as a very, very special car. To have won 21 races out of the 22 is an achievement we never thought possible. What a year, not just for those you see week in and week out at track, but more than anything, all the people behind the scenes back in the factory across the whole business. All the support staff made this happen and played their role in making, delivering, and operating this car. I think everybody can take a huge amount of pride in what they've achieved, because this Team really does have an incredible winning spirit and their determination through it all is incredibly strong.

“Adding to this, Max and Checo. An extraordinary team in themselves. Their hard work and commitment delivered our first ever P1 and P2 finish. Throughout the season Max has been as close to faultless as you can get, every week bettering his last performance, turning in his best year yet. Checo by comparison has equally had his best year and his best finish in the Championship. It was not an easy road for him but he turned it up when he needed to and secured second place.

“Finally, I would like to thank our partners and fans, who equally played their part in this historic season. Their commitment to the team has been steadfast throughout the season and we are incredibly grateful for their support. We are going to hopefully take all of these lessons out of this car and apply it into our 20th car. It will be another special year for us in our 20th year as we continue to build to try and defend these two titles. Preparation has already began, we will enjoy the break while we have it but look forward to seeing what's to come in the 2024 season.”