The defending world champions Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner says they achieved optimum today in Italy with Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel took fifth and sixth respectively.
“I think fifth and sixth was the absolute optimum today,” Horner admitted. “We picked two different strategies, an aggressive one with Sebastian to undercut the McLaren, which worked and gave him track position but unfortunately made his tyres marginal at the end of the race.
“With Daniel we took the opposite approach as he was running in clear air. We ran him long in the first stint with a shorter second stint and then his passing moves to come back through the field were truly impressive and obviously with Sebastian struggling with tyre degradation due to the length of the stint, it became inevitable that the two were going to swap positions.
“But fifth and sixth place, at a circuit dominated by Mercedes-powered cars, is damage limitation achieved.”
The Australian speedy, Ricciardo had a poor start and fall-down to 12th place from ninth on the very first lap.
“The start wasn’t ideal, it’s one of the longest runs up to Turn One here from the start line and it’s not a place where you want to have a bad one, but I dropped the clutch and didn’t get the traction, so we will have to look at that, but we kept a cool head and picked our way back through the field,” Ricciardo said.
“I think fifth, even with a good start, was the best we could do.”