Max Verstappen (4th in the sprint race in Brazil): “Even on the softs, we wouldn’t have been fast enough”

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Max Verstappen (4th in the sprint race in Brazil): “Even on the softs, we wouldn’t have been fast enough”

Max Verstappen (4th of the sprint race in BrazilRed Bull) : “It was a little more difficult than expected, without knowing why. I did not expect this degradation of the medium tires. But even on the softs, we wouldn’t have been fast enough. We were clearly struggling to keep the tires alive, that’s something we have to try to solve for tomorrow, even if there isn’t much we can do. But it can’t be worse. »

Contact with Carlos Sainz: “It wasn’t much after all. It broke my end plate and a small part of the structure, but luckily it didn’t fall off. In the end, I would have finished fourth today with a full front wing or not. »

Sergio Perez (5th in the sprint race, Red Bull): “We managed to get into the top five, which is always good. But I think I’m more concerned about tomorrow because the pace wasn’t very good on our side, so a lot of work to do tonight. I was quite impressed with the pace [de Mercedes] ; they were super fast… So, lots of things to understand for tomorrow. »

“The soft tires would have been better for us today”

Christian Horner, team manager at Red Bull

Carlos Sainz (2nd in the sprint race, Ferrari): “The Red Bulls are very difficult to overtake, and I had to take a really tight line at the first corner in order to overtake Max Verstappen. With a Red Bull, you either brake aggressively or don’t pass it, because they are so fast in a straight line that you really have to go for it under braking. I’m sorry if there was a little contact, but it’s racing and sometimes you have to go if you want to pass. »

Christian Horner (team manager at Red Bull): “We felt that the software was a bit limited in range, so we made the decision to start on the medium. If we could survive the first 12 laps, the second half of the sprint would become a bit more comfortable. After surviving the first half of the race we found ourselves in worse degradation than the softs and Mercedes had a fast car today and we just couldn’t hold them off. Soft tires would have been better for us today. But the advantage is that we take this extra set in tomorrow’s race (sunday). What we strategically drop today (Saturday)hopefully we can get it back tomorrow (sunday). »

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