Christian Horner, Max Verstappen’s team principal at Red Bull Racing, had never been to Zandvoort before last weekend. The Briton now has an idea of the popularity of his top driver in his own country.
“The atmosphere here is indescribable,” said Horner. “I have never seen this in my career. That one driver gets so much support. It’s like Like being in a Dutch nightclub. The sound is unprecedented. I am very proud of the way Max is dealing with that, as is the whole team.”
Horner does expect that Red Bull will have a harder time in the coming races in Monza and Sochi. “These are circuits where motor power is very important. I suspect Mercedes has an advantage there, but it’s close together. We have to limit the damage that weekends as much as possible.”
The team boss realizes that Verstappen’s overtaking action at Valtteri Bottas, in lap 31, was crucial in Zandvoort on Sunday. “That was very important. If Max had been stuck behind Valtteri for many laps, he would have become more vulnerable. Our two-stopper worked out well. Max rode very strong, from the first to the last second.”