Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner believes that Max Verstappen has taken revenge for the missed victory in Barcelona earlier this year with Sunday's victory at the French Grand Prix.

The Austrian team was trumped tactically by Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish Grand Prix.

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"We took revenge today for what happened to us in Barcelona," Horner told

Sky Sports


"Before the race we thought the

undercut was

n't as strong as we saw during the race. We went for it. Max' speed on his first lap after coming out of the pits was phenomenal."

"At that time we were in the same terrible position as in Barcelona and we wanted to avoid that scenario at all costs. So we decided to take control ourselves and leave it to Max to catch up with them again."

Verstappen and Red Bull were surprised by Mercedes during the Spanish Grand Prix.

At that Grand Prix, Verstappen was in the lead last month, but Hamilton chose to make an extra stop.

The seven-time champion closed the gap to Verstappen on his new tires, passed him and took the win.

A month later, at Circuit Paul Ricard, the roles were reversed.

Verstappen was under heavy pressure from Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after his first pit stop, after which Red Bull brought him in.

Verstappen quickly passed Bottas on his medium tires and on the penultimate lap he took the lead from Hamilton.

Max Verstappen took the lead from Lewis Hamilton on Paul Ricard on Sunday in the penultimate lap.

Max Verstappen took the lead from Lewis Hamilton on Paul Ricard on Sunday in the penultimate lap.

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"Max was lucky that his race was not already over in the first corner"

Verstappen started from pole position on Paul Ricard, but shot off the track in the first corner, giving Hamilton the lead.

"Max was bothered by the wind in the first corner and he was lucky his race wasn't over there already," Horner continued.

"That incident was annoying, but partly due to the strong wind it was an interesting race today."

Verstappen, who also clocked the fastest race lap and thus took an extra World Cup point, now has twelve points more than Hamilton (131 at 119).

The Formula 1 season will be continued next week with the Styrian Grand Prix at the Austrian Red Bull Ring.

See also: Verstappen passes Hamilton in the penultimate lap and wins in France