Christian Horner had words of praise for Max Verstappen on Sunday after his second place in the Grand Prix of Spain. That the Dutchman sometimes appeared irritated on the on-board radio, the team boss of Red Bull Racing accepted.

Verstappen complained, among other things, that it took too long before he could enter the pits for the first time for new tires. According to the 22-year-old Limburger, his tires were no longer suitable for decent driving for a while and the tactics of Red Bull were too focused on those of Mercedes.

"Of course Max does not have the overview that we have", Horner said at Sky Sports about the frustrations of Verstappen, which he could understand. "We didn't want him to come back onto the track at his first stop in heavy traffic, because that would have been bad for his tires. So we waited a while."

"The great thing is that he was in such a position that he could have that conversation at all. As if he was going for a ride on Sunday afternoon. He is clearly ambitious and competitive. Our racing tactics were not about Lewis Hamilton, by the way, but were intended. to keep Valtteri Bottas behind us. "

Max Verstappen only had to tolerate Lewis Hamilton in Spain. (Photo: Pro Shots)

'Hopefully there will be nice duels with Hamilton'

Verstappen, who had already passed Bottas at the start, stayed ahead of the Finn in the remainder of the race and finished second at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Only reigning world champion Hamilton stayed ahead of the Dutchman.

"Max has gotten everything out of the car and has also managed to split the Mercedes, while they have a better car. I don't think we could have gotten more out of this," said Horner, who hopes that Verstappen will do it. Hamilton can make this season a bit difficult.

"You have two drivers who are in different stages of their careers, but they are the best on the field. Hopefully we can see nice duels between the two in the coming races. All enthusiasts want to see that and it would be good for the team. Formula 1."

The difference between classification leader Hamilton and closest attacker Verstappen is 37 points and the Red Bull driver cherishes a six-point lead over Bottas. The Formula 1 season will resume in Belgium on August 30.