The drivers entered the ultimate race tied on factors, and the title was settled on the final lap of the season following a controversial restart after Verstappen overtook Hamilton to clinch the title.
It was a yr crammed with drama each on- and off-track. Hamilton and Verstappen had been concerned in accidents collectively at each Silverstone and Monza, and had different run-ins in Brazil and Saudi Arabia once they battled wheel-to-wheel.
F1 loved a robust yr when it comes to viewership and welcomed followers again in giant numbers for almost all of races, together with the USA Grand Prix, the place 400,000 spectators attended the Circuit of The Americas over three days.
It marked a booming first yr for F1 beneath the stewardship of Stefano Domenicali, who took over as CEO and president of the sequence from Chase Carey over the winter break.
Horner joked that he thought Domenicali “wants to purchase Pink Bull an infinite Christmas hamper for the joy, for the racing, and for the drama that he’s had in cost” this yr.
“I feel it was 47 years in the past that this championship final went to a race the place drivers had been tied on factors,” Horner mentioned.
“I don’t assume even a Hollywood script author may have give you the ins and outs of this yr. And Method 1’s reputation as we’ve seen has gone by the roof.
“He’s most likely received the most important sporting occasion on this planet this yr because the finale.
“And the quantity of recent followers that we’ve welcomed into the game has been astounding, phenomenal.”
Toto Wolff, Group Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG, Christian Horner, Group Principal, Pink Bull Racing, arm wrestle over the trophy on the grid
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Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binotto was stuffed with reward for the work that Domenicali – a former colleague at Ferrari – and F1’s proprietor, Liberty Media, have completed to develop the sequence’ attain.
“He’s doing very nicely,” Binotto mentioned.
“I feel that as nicely Liberty Media is doing very nicely. Since Liberty Media began, they’ve improved quite a bit the present and the best way that we’re presenting the present to the followers, not solely when it comes to broadcasting however social media and all of that.
“Actually we’ve got stepped up the extent of communication and the best way we’re participating with the followers.
“I feel that Stefano merely after a yr is doing very nicely. It’s not simple for him after Chase to maintain the extent, as a result of Chase has completed a improbable job.
“However I do know Stefano and I’m fairly positive even sooner or later he’ll proceed doing very, very nicely.”