Red Bull boss Christian Horner hailed the job of Principal Strategy Engineer Hannah Schmitz did at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, helping Max Verstappen win from tenth on he grid.
Christian Horner was elated after Verstappen’s win in Hungary extending his lead over Charles Leclerc in the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship to 80 points, as Red Bull now lead Ferrari by 97 points heading into the summer break.
Asked the natural question, if Ferrari messed up Leclerc’s race Horner was quoted by F1’s official website saying: “I can only focus on our performance and we did a great job today.
“As soon as we saw Charles go onto the hard tyre, as soon as the white-walled tyres came out, we thought: OK, we’ve really got a chance now,” he revealed.
“And Checo [Perez] was fantastic because he was on a different strategy, he let Max immediately get onto the back of Charles to make that pass.
“Max then had a spin, warmed his tyres up a bit more then had to do it all again. A phenomenal performance,” the Red Bull chief added.
Horner admitted the team’s frustration of how their qualifying went down, with Verstappen’s power unit problem on his final hot lap in Q3 relegating him to tenth, with Perez one position behind in 11th after a troubled qualifying.
“We were out of it on Friday, we had a tough day yesterday despite feeling we got the car into a much better window,” he explained. “Then a really competitive race – a bit of a clutch issue early on with Max, which we had to manage – but once we solved that, we were able to release him. It was one of his best drives.”
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Credit goes to Red Bull’s strategy team
Horner did not miss to credit Red Bull’s principal strategy engineer, Hannah Schmitz for the great strategy she came up with, a main factor behind Verstappen’s win.
“We’ve got a great strategy team here and back in Milton Keynes, Hannah Schmitz running the strategy on the pit wall today,” he said. “We’re all supporters of girl power, especially for later this evening [in the Euro 2022 Final].
“She’s fantastic, the whole team is, it’s not just about one person. The pit stops today again were dynamite. Just the way the whole team is working is a joy to see,” he pointed out.
As for Sergio Perez, Horner felt his race was undone with the timing of the Virtual Safety Car at the end of the race, but nevertheless drove an impressive race, after struggling lately.
He said: “I made a joke, I said: ‘Checo’s gone on holiday already’, and he went and told everybody! Look, look at Checo’s race in the second half today. I think without that VSC he’d have been challenging for the podium.
“He was a second and a half quicker in the closing stages than both George and Carlos, he was coming very, very quickly.
“I think a reset over the summer break, just to understand what’s not quite gone right for him in the last couple of races, [and] he’ll come back stronger from Spa onwards,” the Briton concluded.
Midweek strolls to start the summer break 🍃 pic.twitter.com/J8RCTQr11N
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