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Christian Horner: 'Max did an outstanding job in qualifying'

Published on 01 April 2023 by Johan Peeters

Christian Horner, team principal of Oracle Red Bull Racing, reflects after Saturday’s qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix: “Max did an outstanding job in qualifying, particularly in these conditions and on this track. Our strategy was slightly different today, we weren’t doing the build and push laps, so it was all about getting the optimum out lap, getting the temperature he needed into the tyres then nailing the lap which he managed perfectly."

“It’s hugely disappointing for Checo that he’s not up there with Max. We suspect an engine setting issue contributed to a lockup that he had on his first lap in qualifying but obviously we need all the data back to analyse and ensure that if there is an issue, it’s resolved for tomorrow. It’s incredibly frustrating for him and the team, but he’s proven himself to be a great racer and we’ll be looking to make as much progress in the race as we can.”

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