Red Bull team principal Christian Horner revealed what he thought was the key move that secured Max Verstappen’s victory at the Dutch GP to secure the lead in the Drivers’ Championship.
The move in question was the overtake on Valtteri Bottas after being forced to adopt a two-stop strategy to try and defend from title rival Lewis Hamilton throughout the race.
“A race like that is never easy. The most important thing was to get the start and then we knew that with the strategic options Mercedes had, they were going to split [the strategy] and they did exactly that,” Horner told Sky Sports.
“We were worried about Valtteri backing him [Verstappen] up and then Lewis getting the undercut on both of them so that was why it was crucial to get past really quickly.”
Horner also admitted his surprise with the atmosphere at Zandvoort, which he implied attributed to Verstappen’s performance.
“I think today I have never seen a reaction like that in all my career to any driver, so an amazing performance,” he commented.
“The most important part of the race for us was for Max to make that pass on Valtteri and he did that quickly. Then after that, we were able to just cover Lewis.”