Red Bull’s Christian Horner remains cautious about the prospect of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen occupying the front row of the grid, considering their past rivalry and “history.”
In an intense qualifying session, Hamilton emerged victorious, narrowly beating Verstappen by a mere 0.003 seconds, securing his first pole position since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Notably, Red Bull’s dominance in the 2023 F1 season has been nothing short of remarkable, with an unbeaten record, triumphing in all 10 races so far.
In an interview with Sky Sports following the qualifying session on Saturday, Christian Horner touched upon the intriguing rivalry that exists between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The Red Bull team principal remarked: “All credit to Lewis and Mercedes, it was a very strong lap at the end.”
“You can see that with the history and the amount of poles Lewis has had here. It was a big lap. We left a bit on the table, Max had a snap at Turn 13. But second on the grid, the front row of the grid is still very good.”
“I think that track position here is a bit like Monaco without the barriers. Once you have track position it’s very hard to overtake here so it comes down to strategy.
“We have got better race pace than we tend to have qualy pace. It will come down to the start and we know there’s a bit of history between those two.
“As long as they make it through the first couple of turns, we should have a good motor race.”