Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner is disappointed by the failure of Max Verstappen in the Japanese Grand Prix. The Brit states that there was no other choice than to put the car aside.
There was no podium place for Red Bull, where Max Verstappen had to stop the fight in the fifteenth lap due to a collision with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. Alexander Albon finished fourth.
"There was a huge amount of damage to the floor. He lost nearly 20 to 25 percent of his car's downforce," Horner told Motorsport.com about the damage after the collision with Leclerc.
"There was no point in continuing to drive and making even more kilometers with certain parts. That is why we decided to take the car out of the race."
The race management initially decided not to watch the incident with Verstappen and Leclerc, but gave the Ferrari driver a time penalty well after the race. As a result, he dropped from sixth to seventh place.
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"Clearly more room could be left"
Horner thought it was right that Leclerc's action, which was understeered and therefore escaped to the outside, was still being watched. "Clearly more room could be left. Max was clearly in front of it," said the Red Bull team boss.
He would have liked to have intervened earlier. "They try to make the drivers race against each other, but sometimes it goes a bit too far," he says.
"It's a shame it happened, because after this the race for both of them was actually over. It would have been nice if we had seen both drivers fight in front of the field."
Verstappen's teammate Alexander Albon finished fourth, his best result so far. However, the gap with the top three - Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton - was large.
The next Grand Prix will be in Mexico in two weeks, where Mercedes driver Hamilton can secure his sixth world title. There will also be racing later this year in the United States, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
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