Christian Horner shared his thoughts regarding the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, in which he believes Red Bull was “hard done” by race control.
Red Bull didn’t have the best of races at Jeddah, as Sergio Perez retired in the early stages, and Max Verstappen finished behind Lewis Hamilton, something which allowed the Mercedes driver to equal the championship points going into the last race of the season.
Horner explained the race was “very difficult to manage,” as there were multiple incidents and issues with debris, on top of team discussions with the FIA.
“That was a race very difficult to manage,” he told Sky Sports. “Race control struggled with it as well with the amount of debris and Virtual Safety Cars, restarts, and Safety Cars. I think we feel hard done with the five-second penalty.”
Referring to Verstappen’s incident in which he collided with Hamilton after slowing down, Horner said his team “will go and explain it in front of the stewards.”
“Max was trying to give the place up and we informed race control that we were going to [do so].
“There had been a debate about [giving the place], and Michael [Masi, race director] was adamant. At that point, you have to give the place up, or it was going to go to the stewards and be a bigger penalty.
“So, we gave the place up and informed race control.”