Team Talk - Sunday in Imola

Red Bull

1st place Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing. 24.04.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 4, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, Race
Sergio Perez
โ€œIt was a tough race but an enjoyable one. Rule number one in these conditions is to finish. It was difficult because in these conditions it is easy to make a mistake and put a foot wrong but we managed a clean race and kept out of trouble, which was pretty important. I got a great start and the restart was good too, then I think the Team did a great job with strategy out there. On the intermediates I was really thinking to save the tyres but the degradation was high and Charles was really fast towards the end of that stint so I was happy to just keep him behind. The race was pretty intense with Charles, he was always within an undercut range and when we thought we had him under control he boxed and made things a lot harder for both of us. We were both pushing with cold tyres and, in fairness to Charles, it was easy to make mistakes. We have had such a difficult start to the season with reliability concerns and DNFs, so it was really important we brought it home today - it is a great result for the Team.โ€

Max Verstappen
โ€œTo have a weekend like this for both of us with a one-two for the Team is just incredible. It was a very lovely Sunday! Everything today was well executed, coming into the weekend I didnโ€™t expect it to be like this. It was more or less a perfect weekend, everything went well for us and weโ€™ll of course enjoy today. I scored the maximum amount of points this weekend and we can be really proud of that as a Team, itโ€™s a great boost. Today was all about judging the conditions, making the right calls and staying very focused and I think we did that very well. We need to keep focused and we know that at the next race we need to be up there again and keep this going.โ€

Christian Horner, team principal
โ€œThis has to be one of our best ever results, to take the maximum points across the whole weekend, bar one, was incredible. Both Max and Checo have driven brilliantly to secure our first one-two finish since Malaysia in 2016. Iโ€™m very proud of the entire team, from everyone at the track and those back in the factory at Milton Keynes, they delivered a phenomenal performance, itโ€™s just what we needed to rebound from Australia. Itโ€™s a long season and weโ€™ll take a lot of confidence from this result and try to build on it in Miami in a couple of weeksโ€™ time.โ€