Though the protection automobile introduced out for Daniel Ricciardo’s stranded McLaren cemented Max Verstappen’s 11th victory of the season, Horner was adamant that it was not the way he wished the race to finish.
The security automobile initially picked up George Russell as an alternative of Verstappen, which extended the time spent beneath security automobile circumstances, and thus meant that the vehicles it had let go to finally lock onto the race chief didn’t have sufficient time to catch up.
This denied the house followers an opportunity to see Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc have a tilt at passing Verstappen for victory, and Horner empathised with the tifosi – stating that the protection automobile denied a “grandstand end”.
“We do not wish to win a race beneath a security automobile,” Horner advised Sky F1.
“And that is one thing that we have talked about for a lot of, a few years that they need to end racing. There was sufficient time to get that race going.
“I feel they picked up the unsuitable automobile, they picked up George Russell.
“We had the quicker automobile, and we’d have appreciated to have received the race on the monitor, not behind the protection automobile.
“So we share the frustration of all of the followers as a result of it took away a grandstand end.”
Race winner Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB18
Photograph by: Pink Bull Content material Pool
Horner stated that, given the tempo of Verstappen, the Pink Bull squad was primed for victory anyway with out the protection automobile – however famous there was a slight tyre off-set between the 2 drivers contending for the after their security automobile stops, with Leclerc on a scrubbed set of softs whereas Verstappen had a model new set if the race acquired going once more.
The Briton additionally questioned why the clean-up operation for Ricciardo’s automobile took so lengthy, given the automobile was merely stopped together with the monitor.
“I might identical to to see the race play out,” he stated.
“And, you realize, I feel we might have received it if there hadn’t been a security automobile, we had sufficient tempo in hand on the one cease that we might adopted.
“We might saved a brand new set of tyres, we had a brand new set versus Charles’s scrubbed set. But it surely was additionally for a grandstand end that we did not get to see.
“And I feel it goes towards the ideas of what we have mentioned beforehand. So the most important losers in the present day, sadly, had been the followers. However we have to look shortly to handle it.
“We have to undergo the main points of it. However for me, there was greater than sufficient time to get that race going once more. And once more with a automobile that wasn’t in a barrier. It was parked on the facet of the monitor.”
When requested for his views on the protection automobile process, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff stated that the race route had finished its job – hinting that it had discovered from the expertise of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when a rushed last lap restart handed Verstappen the possibility to assault Lewis Hamilton and declare the world title.
“The race route’s nook has been beneath critics however this time they adopted the foundations,” he advised Sky.
“Possibly they may’ve finished it a lap earlier or let George by – however they adopted the foundations and accepted the race ends beneath security automobile.
“That is the way it ought to be.”