Christian Horner has reflected on Red Bull Racing’s performance on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Red Bull ended Friday behind Mercedes as Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were 4th and 5th respectively in FP2. However, they had a solid pace, especially in the long run. After the practices, the Red Bull team principal spoke about their weakest points so far.

“Certainly the first two sectors [they’re quicker]. I think in sector 3 we come back at them, but the damage is done in the first two sectors,” he told Sky Sports.

Horner revealed that the team would spend a lot of time finding an optimal set-up and improving the qualifying pace.

“We’ve still got 24 hours, or 23 hours, to try and find a better set-up and a bit more pace. It’s going to be a long evening, certainly here, and back [at the factory] in Milton Keynes, trying to tidy up the car,” he added.

“I think in the long-run pace looked pretty sensible, we’ve just got to tidy up the balance for the short runs.”

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