Christian Horner reflected on Red Bull’s pit stop issues after Max Verstappen’s critique at the Austrian GP

Max Verstappen and Christian Horner, Red Bull, 2023 Dutch Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen pictured with Christian Horner on the grid.

Christian Horner has looked for perspective as Max Verstappen said Red Bull “did a lot of stuff wrong” in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen explained in his post-race media session that Red Bull’s pit stops were a “disaster” that meant he “gave up free lap time” to allow Lando Norris back into the hunt on Sunday, but with that came the additional risk of contact – which duly came as the pair battled for the lead.

Christian Horner: ‘Hindsight is a wonderful thing’ after Max Verstappen critique

Additional reporting by Thomas Maher

Verstappen and Norris collided as they fought at the front just a handful of laps from the end, causing punctures on both cars as they were forced to crawl back to the pit lane while George Russell stormed through for an unlikely victory.

Norris was forced to retire while Verstappen was able to get back out on track to finish fifth, but the three-time World Champion believes a rare slow second stop from Red Bull is what helped Norris back into proceedings in the first place.

“From our side we have to look at the whole race because I think we did a lot of stuff wrong,” Verstappen said after the race.

“We had two very poor pit stops which basically put us back, and that’s why we were fighting to the end because we had a very healthy lead.

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