Horner defends Red Bull decision to pit Verstappen | PlanetF1
Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the team had tyre concerns of their own when deciding to pit Max Verstappen late into the British Grand Prix.
It is easy to pick out in hindsight but Verstappen may well have won the British Grand Prix had Red Bull decided to keep their star driver out on track in the closing stages.
That was because both Mercedes drivers suffered punctures which forced Lewis Hamilton to crawl over the winning line and Valtteri Bottas fall from P2 to P11.
Verstappen tried his best to close down Hamilton’s wounded W11 but had to settle for P2 after opting to pit just before the chaos ensued.
But Horner said Verstappen’s tyre were also in a really bad way and there was “no guarantee” that the Dutchman would have not suffered the same fate as both Mercedes drivers.
“We had vibrations, we saw Bottas’s puncture, we could see we’d got a big groove on our tyre, so we elected to pit and put the soft on, try to bag the point for the fastest lap as well,” Horner said via Sky Sports F1.
“The tyre that’s come off Max’s car has actually got a deep groove and quite a lot of lacerations on it as well, so there’s no guarantee that he would’ve got to the end of the race, and then it would’ve been a completely different story again.
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