Christian Horner the Red Bull team Principal after the Silverstone qualifying has given his thoughts and has indicated that Max Verstappen could have secured pole position had he not had to lift off because of Charles Leclerc’s half spin.
Christian Horner after the session was asked whether Leclerc’s spin cost Red Bull the pole position and the Brit said, “Yeah, I mean, Charles had like a half spin, Max lifted for the yellow [flags] and I think he gave up about three or four-tenths for it.“
“But congratulations to Carlos, he’s always been a demon in the wet when he was a junior for us. He was always very strong in these kinds of conditions. So congrats to him, and just pleased to be on the front row with Checo [Perez] up there on the second row as well.”
While Horner has blamed Leclerc’s half-spin for not getting on pole, Max Verstappen during the Q3 session also had his tricky moments as he did a full 360 during a fast lap.
Christian Horner has, however, defended his diver by saying that it is his way of finding the limit with the car and also revealed that the spin only cost him 2 seconds.
Christian Horner on Max Verstappen’s Q3 exploits
Christian Horner while delving deeper into his young starlet’s Q3 performance has said, “He didn’t lose any laps but had one moment where he did a 180 and he only lost two seconds as he crossed the line. That was the ridiculous thing about it.”
“It wasn’t really part of the plan, but Max likes to find the limit and it was just a shame we didn’t get that last lap, but to still end up on the front row after a tricky session like that is a good place to be.”
“We tend to definitely run probably a set down on where the other guys are and that tends to work better for us in the race.”
“So in these conditions, without that downforce is pretty tricky around here. So I think both guys did a great job. And it was unfortunate with the yellow [flags], one of those things, but I think it will make an interesting race tomorrow.”
Christian Horner believes that because of the continuous rain teams haven’t been able to get a decent look at their long-run pace and feels that tomorrow everyone is going to walk into an unknown as no one is sure how the cars are going to perform on longer runs and also whether the flood gates are going to open once again or not.
“I think everyone had a long run of about four laps yesterday,” he said. “So it’s a bit of an unknown, but with Checo in there as well there are so many dynamics to it, and I think if it’s a straight dry race then strategy and tire deg and so on will be crucial.”
“This year we’ve seen these cars can follow closer, which will be crucial through Beckett’s and, of course, the beautiful British summer might just continue tomorrow as well.”
Horner ahead of the race has pointed out many key factors and given that there is a bit of uncertainty among the teams, the Silverstone Grand Prix could turn out to be one of the most exciting races of the 2022 season.
The race has got all the ingredients to make it a spicy affair and it will be interesting to see who among the Red Bull and Ferrari would be able to get the bragging rights or whether Mercedes could spoil their party by clinching one of the podium places of them.