Christian Horner, Team Principal of the Red Bull team understood the mastery of his driver Max Verstappen who led him to victory at this Grand Prix of Canada. The abandonment of his teammate Sergio Perez, on the other hand, somewhat darkens the picture.
After starting from pole position, Max Verstappen appeared to have the upper hand throughout the Grand Prix, despite falling behind Carlos Sainz halfway through when the Red Bull team opted to return the defending champion to the support. Carlos Sainz then came to a safety car stop – when Yuki Tsunoda ended his race in the barriers of Turn 2 after exiting the pits – which handed the race lead position to Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman then brilliantly held off Carlos Sainz’s onslaught for the final 16 laps, earning him his fifth win in six races and sixth in nine Grands Prix this year.
” Max [Verstappen] was in a strong position all weekend and the pressure he had to absorb over the last 15 laps after the [voiture de sécurité] was really impressivesaid Christian Horner.
” He was super cool and yet we also had a radio problem. I think he could hear us but we couldn’t hear him. But the way he handled the race, the way he controlled the pace, the tyres, it’s a ‘masterclass’. »
When asked if Max Verstappen – now 46 points ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez in the Drivers’ Championship – and the Red Bull team – 76 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors – were starting to feel comfortable at the top of the standings, Christian Horner retorted: ” We must consider each lesson one by one; we had a great race, it’s great to get to Silverstone leading the two championships, Max is in the form of his life, the team has done a great job.”
Added to Christian Horner’s warning is the disappointment on Saturday and Sunday for Sergio Perez, who crashed during qualifying and had to retire eight laps after the start of the race, following a gearbox problem.
Christian Horner however thinks that even if this abandonment is worrying, Perez is still in the race for the title: ” It is hopelessly disappointing that Checo [Perez] couldn’t fight todaysaid the Red Bull team principal at the finish of the race.
” We have seen the championship swing so many times. [Sergio Perez] now has the same number of mechanical failures as Max [Verstappen] and we have to understand that and deal with it. But it’s too early to rule anyone out – we’re not even halfway there yet and there’s still plenty of racing to do. » a conclusion Christian Horner.
The next and tenth round of the 2022 F1 season will be the British Grand Prix which will take place at Silverstone from July 1-3.