The Red Bull team principal believes Verstappen’s penalty for colliding with Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix is not that important in Sochi.

Why it matters: Verstappen was awarded a 3-place grid drop penalty for causing a collision with Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix.


  • Horner believes the “tow” through turn 2 will compensate for Verstappen’s penalty.
  • The Red Bull principal also addressed an issue with their pit stop.

What he had to say:

  • “We have the grid penalty to take for Max,” he said, “but in Sochi it’s not such a handicap because of the strength of the tow down turn [two].”
  • Speaking about their pit stop error at the Italian GP, he said: “There was a rare human error in our pit stop, as a result of the technical directive but nonetheless something we need to learn from.”

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