Christian Horner is proud of Max Verstappen’s second place in the Grand Prix of the Eifel. The Red Bull Racing team boss saw that the Dutchman managed to get close to Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.
Verstappen started from third place at the Nürburgring and benefited from a withdrawal from Valtteri Bottas during the race. The win was not there, because Hamilton turned out to be too fast on behalf of Mercedes.
“But it’s fantastic to see Max back on the second step of the podium. It looks like we’ve gotten a little closer in the fight with Mercedes,” Horner said.
“Max managed to stay remarkably close behind Lewis throughout the race and the safety car on lap 44 only made it more interesting. Thanks to the DAS system, however, Lewis was more able to get his tires up to temperature.”
The 23-year-old Verstappen complained on Sunday about the safety car, which, to the liking of the Dutchman, drove too long on the circuit. He therefore had trouble warming up his tires.
Verstappen also finished second at the previous race in Sochi and was on the podium in Germany for the eighth time this Formula 1 season. The next Grand Prix will be on October 25 in Portimão, Portugal.