Horner pointed out in Portimão that Verstappen was the only one to be punished after he crossed the limit in his fastest lap in turn 14. “But in the early stages of the race, Sergio Pérez was also overtaken by Lando Norris, who was completely outside the job came, and there was no action against it, ”said Horner. “That is another example of inconsistent policy. That whole debate around track limits is frustrating. In Bahrain, Max had to return his leading position to Lewis Hamilton, where his fastest time in qualifying was taken here on Saturday, causing him to miss pole position and his fastest lap during the race. Those are valuable points. ”
The Red Bull team boss was also reasonably satisfied with the course of the weekend in Portugal. Verstappen kept the damage limited by finishing second behind Hamilton. “Mercedes had the advantage, especially on the hard tire. We didn’t like this circuit last year either. A second place is fine. It’s very close between Mercedes and Red Bull. That is very encouraging. This is a great performance for us, on a track where we gave up more than thirty seconds last year. ”
According to Horner, it is still too early to draw conclusions. He acknowledges that there is more to be said about the proportions after the next race in Barcelona. “It is clear that two teams stand out. In Portugal the conditions were so difficult, given the wind and the low level of grip. Barcelona is a fairly standard circuit. Then you really see where the strengths and weaknesses lie. Formula 1 is still the big winner. ”
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