Max Verstappen ‘s victory in the first edition of the Miami GP gave Red Bull its third victory in the first five races held this year, the second in a row after the double won at Imola. A success that also allowed the Anglo-Austrian team to significantly shorten the gap in the constructors’ standings from Ferrari, now six points away; a real comeback in progress that can only satisfy the team principal of the Milton Keynes house, Christian Horner , who has returned to exult after a start of the weekend that is not without worries.
At the end of the race, the British manager focused on the impeccable performance of the Dutch driver, able to take the lead on the 9th lap of the race without losing it, even after the entry of the Safety Car and the inevitable recovery of Charles Leclerc : ” We were lucky enough that Ferrari didn’t make a pit stop by opting for the new soft tire – commented Horner – this was decisive, even if Charles was still threatening with the open DRS. On the contrary, in the early laps our tactic was to look after the front right, as well as constantly putting Leclerc under pressure. Moreover, with the higher speed on the straight, all of this proved to be an advantage ”.
The only negative aspect of the race, however, is to be identified in a technical problem encountered on Perez ‘s car during the first half of the GP, as explained by the Red Bull team principal: “We had a difficulty with the power unit sensor. , with whom he lost about 30 HP at that juncture – he admitted – he was losing half a second per lap, but without that problem, making the most of the advantage of the cooler tires, he could have finished second “.
In conclusion, Horner highlighted the main differences between Red Bull and Ferrari, all pending the next round of the season in Barcelona, on the weekend of May 22: “We will have some developments coming this summer – he added – that could help us . also to save weight, while already on a good path. It can be improved everywhere, especially in the slower sectors and, in fact, in weight reduction. This year we espoused a low downforce concept, while Ferrari optimized their car in a different area. Perhaps in Munich, for example, they will have a significant advantage. In any case – underlined to Sky Sport F1 -I’m not sure I’m two tenths above Ferrari, as Binotto says . It all depends from circuit to circuit, and I’m happy for Max’s comeback ”.