ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Max Verstappen's pole position lap at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was "insane" and one of the best he's had, said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
The driver who finishes ahead of the other will win in nearly all instances. As Verstappen is ahead on a tiebreaker, he will win the title with 10th and the fastest lap bonus point if Hamilton is ninth or if neither driver finishes the race.
During Q3, Verstappen briefly had a 'tow' from Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, when he drove ahead briefly on the run to Turn 5. The slipstream can often help shave some time off a lap, but Horner believes the majority of the gap was down to Verstappen's skill.
"I think that's one of Max's best laps of the year," Horner told Sky Sports.
"The tow, even on the following lap that we got him to back off on, he matched the time, and the tow was probably worth a tenth or two, not half a second.
"I think that his last sector, when you look at the level of downforce he's got on, is insane. It's absolutely insane."
When asked what he thought of it, Alonso said: "Unbelievable, honestly unbelievable, he is outstanding."
Verstappen was thankful to Perez for the slipstream but believes the benefit was minimal.
"It was very nice, nicely executed as well," the Dutchman said. "But I don't know what the gain was.
"I mean, I might have gained one tenth towards Turn 9, which is not a massively long straight. But nevertheless, Checo is a great teammate and a real pleasure to work with."