Christian Horner breaks down in tears as he hugs Spice Girls star wife Geri Halliwell after Red Bull win F1 title | The Sun

CHRISTIAN HORNER broke down in tears and was comforted by wife Geri Halliwell after Red Bull sealed another title.

The team boss was snapped after Max Verstappen crossed the line to win the US Grand Prix on an emotional weekend for the team.


Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz died at the age of 78 ahead of the race in America.

Throughout the weekend, the team paid tribute to his huge contributions to Red Bull and motorsport as a whole.

Verstappen then dedicated his victory to the late Austrian billionaire with his win – alongside team-mate Sergio Perez's fourth-place position – sealing the Constructors' Championship.

The victory is Red Bull's first team crown since 2013 and follows Verstappen winning the Driver's Championship in Japan last month.

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Horner was spotted by Sky Sports' cameras looking teary as he left the pitwall alongside wife and Spice Girls star Geri.

Shortly after the race win, Horner said over team radio: "Max Verstappen you are the world champion. We are the world champions.

"Thank you so much and thank you to Dietrich Mateschitz."

It had been a hard-fought victory for the team and far from the straightforward procession Verstappen has enjoyed in other races this season.

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The Dutchman beat pole-sitter Carlos Sainz off the start line and would have seen the Spaniard being spun around by George Russell in his rearview mirror.

But then he had Lewis Hamilton on his tail as the pack were bunched together after two safety cars – the second of which came after a high-speed collision between Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso.

Verstappen's day then took a turn for the worse after a botched pit stop saw him fall behind Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.

But the 25-year-old fought back and showed impressive speed to pass both drivers, with his move on Hamilton coming only six laps from the end.

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