The Red Bull Formula 1 team considers the last two grands prix of this year as ‘Cup Finals’. That said team boss Christian Horner of Max Verstappen’s racing stable at the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia, the penultimate race of the year. The Dutchman leads the championship with 8 points ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
“Max has to go for it. He has worked incredibly hard this year, as has the whole team, to get into this position. We’ve had a great year, won a lot of races and finally got Mercedes a competitor,” said the Briton. “Everyone in the team enjoyed this fight and now it’s about it, it’s like we’re playing two ‘Cup Finals’. We’re going to give everything we can.”
Beforehand, the new circuit in Jeddah seemed especially suitable for the powerful engine of Mercedes and in the first two practices on Friday Hamilton was also slightly faster than Verstappen, but Horner saw encouraging things. “The corners are a bit tighter than we thought, so it’s not just about the horsepower on this track. We have to be able to find those two tenths difference somewhere. This is the kind of track that Max likes; high speeds, walls close to the track and kerbstones, he enjoys that.”