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Horner pleased to end 2018 on a high note

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Max Verstappen takes third place ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. / Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said he was happy with his team’s efforts in the final race of the 2018 season at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Max Verstappen finished on the podium in third place with Daniel Ricciardo finishing a close fourth in his final outing with the team after five seasons with them.

After the race, Horner said he was pleased with how the Australian fought until the end despite not making it a fairytale podium in his final outing with them.

“Third and fourth is a strong way to finish the season. Max recovered after his engine went into safety mode after getting very warm at the start of the race and fought his way back into position.

“Daniel started on the harder tyre and was able to lead the race for 14 laps and then rejoined behind Max who was then able to pass Bottas and looked like he had very similar pace to Sebastian and Lewis ahead.

“Daniel was initially able to use the benefit of his new tyres and was able to close up, but unfortunately couldn’t capitalise to be on the podium today.”

The Red Bull boss admitted he was sorry to see his driver move on to the Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2019.

“This race signals the end of five years with Daniel and we’re sorry to see him leave.

“He’s been a fantastic member of our team and we want to thank him for all that he has contributed.”

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