F1’s backroom WAGs from Christian Horner’s spice girl to Toto Wolff’s ex-driver

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The stage is set for one of the most dramatic climaxes to a Formula One season in history at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this Sunday, but it isn't just Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen who are battling it out over bragging rights.

While the two title chasers enter the World Championship's final round in the United Arab Emirates level on 369.5 points apiece, there are a number of other duels taking place up and down the paddock.

This weekend, it's Mercedes versus Red Bull, Toto Wolff against Christian Horner and their wives, Geri and Susie, facing off in the battle of the WAGs to find out who will become queen of the pit-lane.

While F1 has always been synonymous with high-profile guests and celebrity spectators eager to experience life in the fast lane, it's the partners of the top two team principals who have lived and breathed every second of this year's exhilarating ride from as close as it gets.

With tensions at an all-time high between Wolff and Horner following their latest war of words episode in recent weeks, Daily Star Sport takes a closer look at the WAGs willing on each of the two rivals and their teams this Sunday.

Geri Horner — Red Bull

In the Red Bull corner is Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) who shot to fame as one fifth of 1990s iconic girl group the Spice Girls.

Geri and Christian married a year after meeting back in 2014 and the pair have remained loved up ever since, with Ginger Spice recently declaring her love for the Red Bull team boss in a cute birthday message last month.

Alongside a number of adorable family snaps, she posted: "Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband Christian Horner. Thank you for being the most amazing husband and father. We love you."

The pair have one child together, a son named Montague, 4, while Horner is stepdad to Geri's daughter Bluebell Madonna, 15. He also has another child from a previous relationship with former partner Beverley Allen, a daughter named Olivia, who is eight.

After coupling up with F1's Horner, the Scream If You Want To Go Faster singer has certainly signed up for a life full of adrenaline and is often seen by her husband's side at racetracks all over the world.

Earlier in the season, Geri took to social media to share snaps of her thrilling trip to Monaco with followers.

She posted: "Hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m out in Monaco with Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner. Exciting stuff to watch the qualifying. Vroom vroom."

Susie Wolff — Mercedes

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While Geri Horner spent the majority of her pre-Formula One days establishing herself as one of the world's most iconic popstars, Susie Woff, the wife of Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, is certainly no stranger to being behind the wheel.

After progressing through the motorsport ranks, going from karting to Formula Renault and Formula Three, Susie then moved to Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) where she competed for Mercedes-Benz before catching her biggest break of all.

A 2012 move to Williams in Formula One as their development driver then led to the Scottish speedster creating history, as she became the first female to take part in a Formula One race weekend for 22 years in at Silverstone in 2014.

Retirement followed a year later before Susie made the step into punditry, signing up with Channel 4 to form part of their F1 coverage.

The Scot married Austrian Toto back in 2011 and the Monaco-based pair have gone on to have one child together, while the Mercedes boss has two children from a previous relationship.

Given her experience in the Formula One hotseat, albeit as a reserve driver, Susie will be well aware of the excitement and drama that is set to take place during the title-defining season showdown in Abu Dhabi this Sunday.

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