Christian Horner explains why ‘every Red Bull employee’ was happy to receive lower bonus

Max Verstappen prevails in world title shoot-out

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Christian Horner has revealed that he believes ‘every Red Bull employee’ was happy to receive a lower end of season bonus this year following Max Verstappen’s drivers’ championship victory.

Verstappen picked up his very first Formula 1 title in dramatic fashion, after pipping arch rival Lewis Hamilton to the prize of the very last lap of the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

However his victory did not come without its controversy, as the Dutchman was able to take advantage of a contentious call from Michael Masi, who allowed a number of lapped cars to overtake the safety car, which in turn pulled Verstappen right back into the race.

This left the once struggling Red Bull man now side-by-side with leader Hamilton, as the pair played out a final lap shootout to decide the championship, which Verstappen of course ended up prevailing in.

Whilst the Red Bull team were visibly ecstatic with the dramatic win, financially it was Hamilton’s Mercedes team who came out better after they secured the constructors’ championship title.

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This in turn led to the Red Bull staff taking away a lower bonus payment than they would have if they were able to take the constructors’ title, however Horner believes the constructors’ vast team will not mind one bit.

He said: “The constructors’ is where the money is.

“That is where the revenues that come into the sport are distributed, based on your performance in the championship.

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“I think every employee within our team, and probably in most of the teams, is rewarded on where they are in the constructors’ championship, as opposed to the drivers’.

“But the drivers’ obviously have the popularity and it has the prestige. I don’t think there’s a single employee within our business that would have traded the first place in the constructors’ for this drivers’ championship.”

Horner went on to add that the feeling around the Red Bull camp in the week following the victory in Abu Dhabi showed just how much it meant to the whole team.

He continued: “When you see the reaction that Max had, when he visited the factory, everyone is so proud of what he’s achieved.

“Of course the constructors’ has huge importance to it because of that revenue distribution, and we’re talking millions and millions of dollars in difference between a first and a second place, for example.

“But the prestige of the drivers’ world championship, that’s the big one. That’s the one that you really want. And you know, that’s why it meant so much achieving that.”

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