Max Verstappen ran into a grid penalty during the Russian Grand Prix when the Red Bull had to use a fourth engine. The expectation at Red Bull is that Lewis Hamilton will also have to use his fourth engine in the final chord of the season and as a result will run into a grid penalty.
When asked about a potential grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton, Christian Horner reacts politically correct, but his opinion does float. “We are of course not aware of the information that Mercedes has, but given the engines they have used themselves and with their customer teams, it is expected that Lewis Hamilton will also face a grid penalty. We cannot just assume that.” Horner said.
According to the ever-outspoken Red Bull team boss, after the Russian GP it is especially important to reflect on Hamilton’s hundredth victory. “Lewis has taken his 100th win over Sochi and that is a really great achievement and I congratulate him on that with the entire Red Bull team.”
Horner also discussed the engine change of the other Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas. “It is not entirely clear why they put a new power unit in Bottas’ car, as it was explained as a tactical decision before the race. During the race, Max Verstappen got into a fair fight with Valtteri and the Finn drove. very fair. Max didn’t lose any time with that move and it was an important moment in the race.”
“Just like everyone else, Mercedes will also have some problems with the engine, but again it is important for us to focus on ourselves.”