Christian Horner has named his two favorite races of all time – they usually each got here in Abu Dhabi. When an F1 marketing campaign goes proper all the way down to the wire the world’s consideration focuses on the season-finale within the Center East.
And that’s the place a number of the greatest highlights of Horner’s profession have come. The primary is that epic battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in 2021, the place a controversial name from race director Michael Masi noticed Verstappen declare his maiden Drivers’ Championship.
Horner has additionally chosen the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as one other golden reminiscence. On that event, 4 drivers went into the finale with an opportunity of claiming the world title. Sebastian Vettel was third within the standings, behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and his Purple Bull team-mate Mark Webber.
However the German drove a exceptional race to cross the chequered flag first. Hamilton, who had an out of doors probability of claiming the title, completed second, that means Vettel as a result of the youngest champion of all time and sparked Purple Bull’s four-year dominant period.
When requested about his most memorable races at a PokerStars occasion, Horner stated: “It’s a difficult one. There are most likely two and they’re each in Abu Dhabi.
“Clearly the primary one is final 12 months, that remaining which is among the most watched moments of sport, definitely final 12 months. All coming down, after a heavyweight struggle from the primary race to the final, taking place to the final lap the place Max was capable of win that Championship.
“The feelings and rigidity in that have been insane. To see him obtain that, particularly after such a protracted interval the place one crew dominated for, was vastly thrilling and rewarding and hectic.
“The one earlier than that was additionally Abu Dhabi with Sebastian Vettel in 2010 going towards the chances. 4 drivers went into the ultimate race with an opportunity of profitable and he simply acquired his head down and received the race. The outcomes performed out and he received the championship and it was the primary championship that we received. If I am being egocentric it might be these two moments.”
Purple Bull teamed up with PokerStars at the beginning of the 2022 season, earlier than occurring to win their first Constructors’ Championship in 9 years. The partnership is ready to proceed for this 12 months, with PokerStars holding their prestigious PSPC occasion within the Bahamas on January 30 to February 3.
Talking of the hyperlinks between F1 and poker, Horner stated: “They’re each high-risk, high-reward actions. F1 is among the best sports activities on the planet and naturally it’s a must to method it in a manner, a bit like a poker sport.
“You’ve got robust opponents, you’ve got the hand you have got been dealt and it’s a must to profit from it. Generally it’s a must to take some dangers and push the boundaries, no threat, no enjoyable.”