Horner enjoyed Red Bull battle

Horner enjoyed Red Bull battle

Red Bull boss Christian Horner admits he enjoyed Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen's battle on Sunday at the Malaysian GP.

The team secured its first one-two result since 2013 as Ricciardo led Verstappen home at the Sepang International Circuit, in an enthralling race which saw the youngster hunting down his team-mate.

Sunday's result was in direct contrast to the last time the team found themselves occupying the top two podium positions at Sepang in 2013, when Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to pass Mark Webber.

Horner says it was he who made the call to let the drivers go head-to-head and has praised the respect between his troops.

"I made the decision," Horner said. "I instructed both race engineers: 'you are free to race, but make sure we prioritise the 43 points. Ask the drivers to respect that'. And they did.

"From our perspective, it was fine to allow them to do that. They were both in the same engine modes, both in the same power state, so there was no real advantage one way or the other.

He added: "What we've seen is that there is a real respect between the two of them. They are both good racers, hard racers. I felt comfortable letting the two guys go head-to-head."