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Horner collects Red Bull’s championship trophy and dedicates it to Mateschitz · RaceFans

Red Bull workforce principal Christian Horner has collected their constructors’ championship trophy and devoted their success to the corporate’s late co-founder.

Dietrich Mateschitz, who launched the Red Bull comfortable drink within the eighties and poured cash into motorsport to be able to promote it, handed away on the eve of the United States Grand Prix, when his workforce clinched the title for the fifth time of their historical past.

Red Bull ended Mercedes’ run of eight consecutive wins by taking the title for the primary time since 2013. The trophy was offered to Horner by Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem on the FIA Gala in Bologna.

After amassing the trophy, Horner devoted the workforce’s victory to Mateschitz, mentioning what number of drivers featured throughout the FIA’s end-of-season ceremony had been backed by Red Bull.

“What I would like to say tonight is that I’ve watched a lot of videos and I think on all of those videos across all of these different championships, we’ve seen the Red Bull logo on so many cars in so many championships,” stated Horner. “And I’d like to dedicate this this championship, this trophy, to a very special man that has done so much for motorsports and done so much for Formula 1.

“He was a fan of motorsport, foremost and utmost. He gave so many drivers in the room tonight an opportunity in so many categories. He gave thousands of engineers and technicians, mechanics and I think arguably has done more for motorsport than any other person in history. So tonight, I’d like to dedicate this to to Dietrich Mateschitz.”

Max Verstappen gained the drivers’ championship – the sixth time a Red Bull driver has claimed it – lower than two weeks earlier than Mateschitz’s loss of life.

“Thankfully he saw Max win the championship in Japan, even though there was a bit of confusion over the points there, but thankfully, Max won it early and he saw it,” Horner added. “And then the next weekend, the day after he passed, we managed to win this trophy. So it’s it’s a very special one.”

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The temporary presentation included two awkward exchanges between Horner and Ben Sulayem concerning the Japanese race and Red Bull’s breach of the 2021 value cap.

Verstappen initially didn’t realise he had gained the championship at Suzuka because the FIA was broadly anticipated to not award full factors for the shortened Japanese race, which ran to barely greater than half distance. However an unexpected quirk of the foundations, which had been rewritten for the 2022 season, meant the rivals did rating full factors and a disbelieving Verstappen was ultimately persuaded he had clinched the title.

Ben Sulayem insisted the error had not been on the FIA’s half, mentioning the F1 groups requested a change to the foundations following criticism of the choice to provide drivers half-points for final yr’s Belgian Grand Prix, the place solely a single lap was formally accomplished behind the Safety Car.

“Japan, you said, was controversial,” Ben Sulayem advised Horner after he completed his remarks. “No. The FIA was blamed for the points but it was not the FIA which made the rules. It was the teams who made the rules and we were implementing it.”

At this level Domenicali interjected, telling the pair: “Okay guys, let’s stay focused.”

Earlier within the ceremony the FIA president additionally jokingly referred to the finances cap breach Red Bull had been penalised for in October. The workforce was fined £6 million ($7m) for over-spending throughout the 2021 season and had its aerodynamic testing allocation lowered.

As Horner acquired the trophy Ben Sulayem advised him, “Christian, this cup has nothing to do with the cost cap. This is from the FIA so we are not going to deduct it from your cost cap.”

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