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Horner after Spanish Grand Prix: 'Max extracted the maximum from the car'

Published on 16 August 2020 by Julien Lemmen

Max Verstappen’s second place finish in the Spanish Grand Prix was a well deserved result for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, in a weekend where they couldn’t match Mercedes on pure pace.

Team principal Christian Horner reflects after the race: “Once again Max extracted the absolute maximum from the car today and to split the Mercedes, which was the faster race car, it’s the best we could have hoped for. After making a good start, using the slipstream and getting ahead of Bottas into Turn One, Max settled into the race and on a two-stop strategy he pushed as hard as he could to keep the pressure on Lewis and stay ahead of Valtteri."

"For Alexander Albon, he made a good start but got boxed in at the first corner behind Valtteri and he then seemed to struggle with degradation on all tyre compounds. P8 was the outcome of that and now we’ll need to go through all the information from the race to try and understand what created that degradation on the three compounds of tyre. The mechanics did a standout job once again today with more sub-two second pit stops and now I’m sure they are all ready for a well deserved weekend off before we head to Spa.”