Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said it was unfortunate that driver Max Verstappen had to retire from Sunday’s Spanish grand Prix on the first lap, but it was fantastic to see Daniel Ricciardo back on the podium.
“Daniel drove a good race today, quite a lonely race for him and unfortunately we didn’t have the pace to go with the leaders but we obviously benefitted from Bottas’ retirement for him to record his first podium of the year, which was great to see.
“Max made a good start and after committing to the outside of turn one he was the unfortunate victim of Valtteri hitting Kimi, who in turn went into him and broke his front suspension causing his retirement, a great shame for him.“
The Milton Keynes based squad, like many of the F1 teams, did bring some updates to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and Horner feels they definitely boosted the performance of the RB13.
They were still some way off the pace of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Scuderia Ferrari however, and aware they have plenty of work to do, if they are to catch them.
“Looking at the weekend as a whole, we’ve definitely put some performance on the car, as we have done after every race this season but we are well aware we’ve still got a lot to do.”
Next race on the agenda is Monaco, and Horner will be hoping they can put in a strong performance, at a track that should play to Red Bull’s strengths.
“Now we look ahead to the most prestigious race on the calendar in Monaco and hope we can continue the performance trend and put in a positive show there.”