It was a turbulent day for Red Bull Racing. Max Verstappen struggled with a DRS problem at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix and was unable to get past Mercedes driver George Russell. The reigning world champion also got to know the Spanish gravel, but Verstappen was able to break free of it with ease. During the race, Red Bull decided to adjust Verstappen’s strategy. Christian Horner saw from the pit wall, among other things, that the original plan would not work. The British Red Bull team boss also understood Verstappen’s lawsuit.
“This race had two faces. Things didn’t go well in the first half. Max had a DRS problem and got caught in a gust of wind. Luckily he was able to continue on his way after getting stuck behind George. DRS problem, we chose a three-stop for him. Ultimately, that turned out to be the right strategy,” said Horner afterwards, who could understand Verstappen’s frustration at the start of the Grand Prix. “He pressed the DRS button maybe fifty times. We have to solve that,” said the Red Bull boss. Team boss continues: “The pace in the car was strong. It was a pity that Charles dropped out. I think we would have seen a good fight otherwise.”
Many Formula 1 teams brought upgrades to Barcelona and Mercedes seems to have made the biggest move. Horner noticed that too and had to watch as Russell held up Verstappen and Perez for laps. The Brit has nothing but appreciation for the Germans. “They are working their way back into the championship. I said from the first race that it was a strong team. We saw a big step from them this weekend,” said Horner. “We should not underestimate any competitor. Ferrari had a bad day but their speed was very good again this weekend.