Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes the FIA took the right decision when allowing lapped cars to overtake the Safety Car on the final lap and a half of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mercedes is protesting the race classification due to a breach of the regulations, one of which regards the lapped cars. However, Horner believes it was the right decision.

“It’s unheard of to leave the cars unlapped,” he told Sky Sports. “You can see they wanted to get the race going again.

“But they don’t need to catch up the back of the pack, so they made absolutely the right call. [It’s] difficult circumstances for the stewards, we’re all putting pressure on them.

“But they called it right and I’m just so proud of Max, so proud of the team for what we’ve been through this year, what we’ve achieved against some fierce and great opponents.”

Horner also commented on the race itself: “I was screaming at them – ‘let them race!’.

“That’s what we’ve been talking about all these years – let them race. And this championship came down to the last lap.

“And [the team made] a great strategy call, to make that pit-stop, to take that set of soft [tires], and then it was down to Max to make it happen.”

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