Horner after race at Silverstone: 'A frustrating race for Max'

Published on 14 July 2019 by Julien Lemmen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing had some good pace at Silverstone. Max Verstappen had a strong race and was on his way to a podium, until Vettel hit him from behind, and he fell back to P5 at the flag. Pierre Gasly also had a good weekend and finished in P4.

Team principal Christian Horner reflects after the race: “It was a really exciting first part of the race, with Max going wheel to wheel with Leclerc resulting in some great racing between the two of them. An early pit stop put Max just ahead but unfortunately he couldn’t hold on to that position on the out lap. They were then fighting for the rest of the stint before the safety car was deployed. We took the opportunity to pit Max again so he could go to the end of the race and it then became a straight fight between Max and Sebastian, knowing he was within a pit stop of Bottas. Max managed to make a pass on the outside at Stowe but Seb misjudged his breaking and took Max’s car out from behind. Despite the enormous hit, Max was able to get going again from the gravel to bring the car home. It was a frustrating race for him as there was potential for a podium today."

"Pierre’s race was the continuation of a very strong weekend, running hard with the Ferraris and doing a very long stint on the hard tyre to get to the end of the race to achieve his best finish of the year. This has been a great confidence builder for him and hopefully he can use this to get some momentum going for his next race.”