Christian Horner was pleased with the performance from both Red Bull Racing drivers in Qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with Sergio Pérez claiming a career-best second place, just ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen.
Both Pérez and Verstappen ended up within a tenth of a second of Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
And Horner, the Team Principal of the Milton Keynes-based outfit, was delighted with the result as it gives them a shot at beating the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team on Sunday.
“It was a great Team performance today with our best qualifying result in Italy since 2013,” said Horner. “Sergio did a fantastic job in just his second qualifying session for us and it was a shame for Max who made an uncharacteristic mistake at Turn 3 on his final run in Q3.
“It’s incredibly satisfying to see both drivers up there and in with a shot at pole, especially in a nail-biting session where the top three were separated by less than a tenth.”
Horner feels Pérez has begun to find his footing within the Red Bull team following his move from the BWT Racing Point Formula One Team (now the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team) during the off-season.
It also means the team have the chance to fight Mercedes on two fronts, and he foresees an exciting Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
“Sergio is really finding his feet and today marks his best F1 starting grid position,” he said. “With minimal seat time he’s doing a great job and settling into the Team very well.
“We’re in a good position and with both drivers on alternative strategies, we’ve got a few options which we’ll work on this evening to bring home the best possible result tomorrow. It should make for an exciting Grand Prix.”