Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner cannot be satisfied after the race at Imola. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen seemed on his way to second place, but a flat tire prevented him from finishing the race. His teammate Alexander Albon drove in the points, but due to a spin at the restart, he dropped back to fifteenth place.
Christian Horner starts the conversation with the reason why Max Verstappen got the flat tire. “We think he hit some debris or picked up some debris. He was conferring with his engineer and boom the tire broke.”
“He was able to pass Valtteri Bottas and we had the pace to hold that position, all in all very annoying not to get that P2 today.”
Verstappen was in second place and opted for an undercut. He was able to beat Bottas later in the race, but Lewis Hamilton had the advantage of the Safety Car and came in first. “You are in a strategic sandwich at that point and if you go for the undercut, you have to choose who you want to beat. We couldn’t cover both options and we bet there would be no Safety Car. We had chosen to go for the Second place, because Valtteri would have a good pace on new tires, but his pace was not great and he made a lot of mistakes. “
Lewis was able to get inside the pit stop window and then he was lucky with the Safety Car. We listened to other teams’ radios, we were aware of the damage Valtteri had to his car and that also gave Lewis an advantage. more importantly for Max to pressure Bottas to make a mistake and he did. I just spoke to Max and he said Valtteri gave him a little brake test. But he was patient enough to wait and test DRS. use it and catch up with him. “
Alexander Albon the sjaak
He was not very pleased with Alexander Albon. “It was a difficult race for Alex, because he was in that race all afternoon with Charles and Daniel, and at the restart he fought against Perez who was on new tires,” he told Sky Sports.
Albon lost his car to a spin and could no longer finish in the points. Horner explains his spin. “He lost his car at the second chicane and it was very frustrating to come home with zero points. We will of course try to help him between now and Turkey. We had some minor problems. For example ‘Mode 8’ where Max was not particularly happy about it. “