Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner sees that it was Red Bull’s mistake in Verstappen-Pérez team order row. Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez’s situation in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix was a mistake for Red Bull Racing, according to Christian Horner.
Verstappen refused to surrender sixth place to Perez, who had the potential to benefit from a better final position as he looked towards the championship battle for second place.
Horner reflects on the moment on Formula One’s official website.
“I think the cause of the problem was that we never expected to be in a situation where we were sixth and seventh in the final laps of that Grand Prix. We hadn’t imagined it, we hadn’t discussed it before the race.
“I think it was a mistake on our part to think about, or try to think about, every single scenario.”
Horner dismisses doubts over Red Bull team dynamics
The incident led to Verstappen being labelled as a bad team-mate, with questions being asked as to why the Dutchman had refused to give up his place. The team dynamic also seemed to be in question.
“Obviously what happened was unfortunate, but it was discussed quickly, openly and transparently,” Horner explained.
“And both drivers were very clear, open and honest with each other, and from there we moved on as a team and the dynamic between the drivers is absolutely fine.”
“We made mistakes, but we also learned from them,” continued the Red Bull Team Principal.
The British man doesn’t think this moment should define his team’s year.
“These two drivers have done incredibly well together. They are the reason we are in the position we are in. Max’s season has been otherworldly. So we’re not going to let the events of a few laps in Brazil define the year for us.”