Red Bull chief Christian Horner visited Mercedes’ paddock after dramatic win

It seems that Red Bull boss Christian Horner wasn't short of bravado following Max Verstappen's dramatic win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After celebrating wildly with the driver and team colleagues, the 48-year-old then audaciously headed over to the Mercedes garage where anger was rife given the manner with which Verstappen finished in front of Lewis Hamilton.

The Dutchman's hopes appeared to be fading when he trailed Hamilton by 11 seconds in the closing stages, only for Williams driver Nicholas Latifi to crash, prompting a safety car to come out onto the track.

Red Bull them gambled by pitting Verstappen, but it appeared a forlorn move after race director Michael Masi ordered that lapped cars could not overtake the safety vehicle.

However, under pressure from Horner, the Australian then dramatically changed his mind, permitting the five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to do so before declaring racing could restart for the final lap.

It meant that the 24-year-old was right on Hamilton's tail with newer tyres, and inevitably he overtook his rival before taking the chequered flag.

Mercedes would later launch a protest over the safety car procedure that was subsequently dismissed, but Horner wouldn't have known about such intentions when he sought out opposite number Toto Wolff.

Relations have been fractious between the pair throughout 2021, and despite emotions running high, Horner tried to clear the air with the German just minutes after the finale at the Yas Marina – but his attempts proved unsuccessful.

The Daily Mail have reported that Horner went over to find Wolff and shake his hand, but had no joy as the fuming Austrian wasn't at Mercedes' base at Yas Marina.

According to witness, the "scene was similar to that when a strange walks into a Western saloon", with shocked mechanics and staff stopping what they were doing as Horner rocked up to Mercedes' headquarters.

Indeed, after leaving the track following the result of his team's protest, Wolff did not speak publicly on the drama until Thursday morning, after Mercedes confirmed they would not be exorcising their right to appeal.

Wolff, 49, was clearly still fuming during his virtual press conference, explaining that neither he or Hamilton would be attending that annual FIA prize-gala later that night due to both feeling "disillusioned" about events in Abu Dhabi.

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