The head of the Red Bull Racing Christian Horner said that after the finish Max Verstappen has accepted the command for the loss of the podium at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Dutchman was chasing Valtteri Bottas in the fight for third place when the team decided to try to get ahead of the Mercedes driver due to an early pit stop. But in the end, Verstappen has not only failed to overtake Bottas, but behind teammate Daniel ricciardo, who stopped five laps later.
“We noticed at the time, Sergio Perez after a pit stop. He was driving very fast, so it was decided to try to do something than to just leave max behind Valtteri. In addition, there was traffic. So we decided to try to gain an advantage due to the early stop, – quotes Horner AUTOSPORT. – Unfortunately, we lost about a second in the pit lane, although the pit stop was perfect. Played time would be enough to overtake Bottas.
As for Daniel ricciardo, he perfectly took advantage of the clean track and managed the time to get ahead of two rivals, climbing to third place.
After the finish we sat down and calmly discuss everything with max. Of course, during the race, emotions are overwhelming.
His partner, who was riding behind, in the end, came forward and was in a podium position. You can understand the reaction of max.
But looking at all the facts and circumstances, he understood why it happened.”
Head of the technical Department of the Red Bull Racing Adrian Newey added: “Before the start it was unclear what tactics – early or late pit-stop would work better. We are honest about it told the two pilots, they both knew it. The difference really was small. Attempt to work in advance is almost gone. Sorry, messed up a small hitch at the pit stop”.
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