The sprint qualification for the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna in Italy brought satisfaction to Red Bull Racing and not only because of the victory of Max Verstappen.
Sergio Perez had to start the 100km race on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari from P5 but was able to fight back to P3 after some setback. Team boss Christian Horner was delighted with the result and the small blow the Austrian team was able to inflict on Ferrari. The Italian team has had an excellent start to the Formula 1 season and is at the top of the ranking.
“It was a great performance from both drivers today.” Horner beamed after the sprint race. All credit to Max, he kept his cool, remained patient and held his position on Charles’ tail, we could see the front tire of the Ferrari starting to go, and when his chance to take the lead back came, he who. Checo drove well today and made great progress on the grid to take some valuable points and put himself in a better position on the grid for tomorrow’s race. Max didn’t have the best start, but we have today’s data, so we need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes tomorrow. But the good thing is that we now have two cars at the front of the grid and we hope to take advantage of that.”
“I am happy with the result of the sprint and looking forward to tomorrow from P3.” Perez told the press after the race.” We managed to minimize the damage from qualifying so I’m happy with that, it was a nice save and it was all we needed for today, more would have been a bonus. I had a really strong start and then I just went through the field, it got a bit messy with Daniel when we touched, but overall it was a nice sprint for me and we caught up well.”
Max Verstappen tried to stay calm during Emilia Romagna sprint race
“I think there’s some fine-tuning we can do for tomorrow and hopefully we can do that to get in on the win, which is the goal. We’ve got a good pace for sure and I’m planning to have another solid weekend ahead.” produce the team, hopefully we can come out on top against the Ferraris. We’ve seen in Melbourne and we’ve already seen here that it can change quite quickly, so both teams can turn things around and we certainly expect the Ferraris to be strong. I got really close to Charles at the end today, but it was only a sprint, so let’s see what we can do about the race distance. ” said Sergio Perez.