Red Bull’s Christian Horner praised the efforts of both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel after a difficult Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel’s race was compromised by the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, who held up the young German until he experienced fuel issues. Mark Webber on the other hand put in a stunning performance to stretch his second stint and leap frog both his team mate and the Ferrari.
However both management and drivers believe that this afternoon’s race was a missed opportunity for the team.
Mark Webber – 3rd: “It’s good to be back on the podium. It’s interesting how the team’s mentality has changed – last year we would have been happy to score points and now we want podiums at every race! We’re working incredibly hard and the guys’ eyes are falling out of their heads with all the late nights and long hours. Sebastian had more trouble with traffic today, but the team got us both home with a lot of points, which is fantastic.
“I had a very long second stint and was much happier with the car than in the first, although the tyres had nothing left for the last ten laps. We planned to be long in the second, as we knew Felipe would be one lap longer and his drive would be the key to my race. We had to unlock ourselves from him and that second stint was the key. I was very happy with the way I drove and the car was fantastic. I expect Monaco will be closer than this, but the way the car performed here, on circuit that is a tough test on a car, is a good sign for places like Turkey and Silverstone. Red Bull has done a great job and so have Renault.”
Sebastian Vettel: “My start wasn’t the best by first corner Rubens Barrichello) first and I was fourth, so obviously we some positions most importantly Massa. I was stuck behind for almost all race. He was impossible to pass, he did good job with mistakes. It’s obviously disappointing my car was quick today, but I couldn’t finish the podium. it’s a strong result for the team we take away some good points.”
Christian Horner: “A very good drive from Mark, who claimed his second podium of the season. His strategy worked very well and put Rubens under a lot of pressure at the end of the race. It was frustrating for Sebastian as unfortunately it was the second race in a row where a KERS car has cost him dearly. Massa stopped on the same lap as Sebastian for his first stop and then, despite us bringing his middle stint very short, they picked the same lap for Massa as well, so he spent 63 laps looking at the back of a Ferrari! As soon he was released from him, his pace was obvious. We showed again that we have a car that is quick enough to win races, but third and fourth is still a very strong result.”
Fabrice Lom, Renault, Principal Engineer, Track Support: “A difficult race and one that, once again, we could have won. We are tested hard by these KERS cars! Massa got in front of Sebastian at the first corner and it ruined his race. Mark had a very solid race and was very quick, he had some free air and finished very close to the Brawns. It’s a good overall result for us, with eleven more points, but it’s still frustrating and we need to focus on a win for the next races.”