Christian Horner is aware of the difficulty he may have on Sunday, but said the focus is on beating Hamilton.
While Max Verstappen secured pole position for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands to Formula 1, it is in a difficult position, having two cars Mercedes behind him and his partner, Sergio Perez, in the background. Therefore, the German team said it is ready to share the strategies of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in order to stop the Dutchman.
Released from the pit lane too late, Sergio Pérez was eliminated in Q1 for failing to open a final quick lap.
With talks still going on about what would be the best strategy for Sunday, with one or two stops, Toto Wolff made it clear that the team is ready to cover both options, which would leave Verstappen with a very difficult choice at hand.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Wolff said: “I think if we can get the same pace in the race, it will be about survival or a stop. Max will have to make a decision: will he make a stop or two?”
“We can already use both strategies tomorrow. We’ve seen that with two cars, the situation can be totally different and certainly by stopping one, undercutting, putting a lot of pressure, and leaving the other on the track.”
The head of Red Bull, Christian Horner, said he is aware of the potential advantage that the Mercedes may have, but it’s silly to focus on anything other than beating the rival in the title race, Hamilton.
“We have to keep our head on straight and make the race itself. In a perfect world, we would already open at the start. But I have in mind that this will not be something simple. We have two guys who can share their strategies. But the main thing is that we need to beat Lewis, so we have to pick our fights”.
Although Mercedes has two cars close to the front, Wolff is aware that Verstappen will not be 100% alone in this fight, as Pierre Gasly, from AlphaTauri, will leave alongside Bottas, in fourth position.
“They have Gasly so there’s a shadow there. I think we need to be satisfied with what we have. Lewis lost a lot of track yesterday and in the end he managed to do a lap. So second and third are good starting points.”