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Christian Horner after Azerbaijan Grand Prix: 'What a rollercoaster!'

Published on 06 June 2021 by Bryan van Berlo

Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull Racing, reflects after today’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix: “What a rollercoaster! I think we have been through every single emotion today. To be within five laps of achieving our first 1-2 since 2016 to then lose Max from the lead of the race with a puncture that is so far unexplained was pretty heart breaking. The race was then red flagged and we had serious concerns that Sergio was losing hydraulic pressure and there were no guarantees he would make it to the finish. Thankfully Sergio got the job done and Lewis’ mistake into Turn 1 at the restart means we come out of the weekend having extended our lead in the Constructors’ Championship with Max maintaining his lead in the Drivers’ and Checo now moving into third place.”

“Although it was frustrating for Max, we are delighted for Checo to take his first win for the team today. He has been extremely fast all weekend and it was a great boost for the Team to see him on the top step of the podium. It was also great to see Pierre on up there on the podium after a strong weekend.”

“Today we would like to dedicate this win to Mansour Ojjeh who was unfortunately lost from the McLaren family and our sport, he was inspirational and someone I was fortunate enough to call a friend.”

“Congratulations and a big thank you must also go to all our partners, especially Mobil1 who provided us with an upgraded engine oil for this weekend which just shows how hard all areas of our team are pushing in this championship fight.”