The English pop icon was present for a dramatic finale of the Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi to support husband Christian, who is team principal of the Red Bull outfit
Spice Girl and British music icon Geri Horner was one of the many thrilled fans present for the accumulation of the Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi.
The eyes of the sporting world turned to the Yas Marina circuit as Red Bull racerMax Verstappen secured the most dramatic of victories, overtaking title rival Lewis Hamilton in controversial fashion with a single lap to go.
Verstappen benefited from a late safety car that led many of the pack to become closer with very little of the race left, overtaking Hamilton who had been leading for the majority of the contest.
Pop legend Geri was in attendance showing her support for her husband and Red Bull Team Principal Christian, who was overjoyed by the end as his team secured a memorable victory.
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After the race, Geri told reporters: “I am proud of the team and Max. They have been incredible they have had good strategies and Checo [Sergio Perez) has done well.
“Christian has told me that its been a tough season.”
She did not stop there, with emotions running high in the Red Bull camp Geri took to Instagram to heap further praise on her husband.
The singer uploaded a series of snaps of the day alongside the caption: “So proud of you”, tagging her husband, Verstappen, and fellow driver Perez as well as the official Red Bull racing account.
But fans were left baffled by Sky Sports’ decision to interview the former pop star, despite her relations with Red Bull chief Horner.
One Twitter user wrote: “Why are they interviewing Geri Halliwell? That would be like a football team winning a trophy and bringing on the manager’s wife for an interview.”
Another said: “Why do we need to hear what Geri Horner has to say?”
Some fans joked at Sky describing Geri as a singer/songwriter, while one fan remarked: “Why the hell is Geri Halliwell on sky sports f1? I thought this was all about motor racing not a spice girls reunion.”
Husband Christian was delighted to be able to celebrate the victory with his wife, though, in a dramatic finale to the season.
With 10 laps to go, Horner conceded that his team would need a “miracle” delivered by the “racing gods” as eleven seconds separated Verstappen from Hamilton out in front.
Horner was classy in victory, sending a message to the runner-up, who cut a desolated figure come the end of the race.
“The stewards, we felt hard done by but they did a great to get the race going again,” Red Bull’s Team Principal explained.
“Credit to Lewis, he’s been phenomenal and that makes the victory even more more valid.
“I’ve lost my voice because I was screaming from turn 5. Max got the job done and then Lewis was coming back on the straight, but you just knew Max was not going to give it up.
“The last 10 laps I was thinking what to say to Max, to the guys, to the team, and then we got that slice of luck with the safety car.”
Horner has been engaged in a war of words throughout the season with his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff, who took the defeat so badly he refused to conduct any post-race media duties.