Horner: I hate asking riders to change positions

The head of Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner, commented on the results of Friday’s training in Mexico City and admitted that he could not stand the use of team tactics, but it is possible that it will have to.

Question Max was the fastest, Sergio showed the fourth result: presumably, you are happy with the results of training?
Christian Horner: Yes, the session went well, both riders managed to find settings that match their preferences. The pace both on short series of circles, and on long ones made quite a normal impression. But I think that Mercedes have not yet laid out all their trump cards, and we have not yet seen what they are really capable of.

However, we try to focus primarily on our work, and in this regard, the day was quite passable.

Q: You said that Mercedes did not show everything that they are capable of – how do you know that?
Christian Horner: We have a whole team of analysts at our base in Milton Keynes, and we can tell from the GPS system if the rivals have turned on or turned off the engine power mode. Of course, we also do this. We have the ability to monitor what they are doing, whether they have a speed reserve or not.

Q: There has been a lot of talk about the fact that Honda’s power plants work effectively even at this altitude, but the aerodynamics concept implemented in your car is not the same as that of Mercedes. To what extent does this help to show high speeds on this track?
Christian Horner: The results always add up to a whole combination of factors – this is both engine performance and aerodynamic efficiency, because here we adjust all its elements as in Monaco, however, because of the rarefied air, the downforce is still the same as in Monza.

In previous years, this track suited our cars, and today we also managed to find a normal balance. But from the very beginning of the year, the results are very dense, the difference in results between the cars of different teams is less than tenth – we expect that it will be so in Saturday’s qualification.

Q: Sergio Perez may well climb the podium at his home track, and then it will be his third consecutive finish in the top three – he had not achieved such results before. How do you think, due to what he added so noticeably?
Christian Horner: He just felt confident in his abilities, he is confident in our team, and if you remember his races in Monza and Sochi, he was simply unlucky there, although Sergio had to climb to the podium even then. In Austin, he was unlucky when he missed pole position at the end of qualifying. But from our point of view, just now is the perfect moment for such high results.

It is important for us that he also fights in the group of leaders. In Austin, we saw that Lewis was unable to extend his first leg of the race precisely because Sergio was there. Therefore, Hamilton reacted to his actions and was forced to turn into the pits. This gives us a wider choice of tactical schemes.

Question Suppose, five laps before the finish of the Grand Prix of Mexico City, Sergio is in the lead, and Max goes after him – you ask the riders to change positions?
Christian Horner: You must understand that Formula 1 is a team sport. We are fighting for both the title and the Constructors’ Cup, and this is just one of 22 races, but it so happened that this is Sergio’s home Grand Prix. I really do not like to ask the riders to change positions, but we must foresee all possible scenarios in advance and draw up a clear plan of action for the race, so that everyone knows what tasks we face.

And the task is this: earn as many points as possible. At this stage of the championship, we cannot afford to miss anything.

Question: What if Sergio’s radio does not work, and he does not hear your instructions?
Christian Horner: Again, this is a team sport, and each has its own role. As always, we will discuss everything in advance, how we do it before each Grand Prix, and Sergio knows that his job is to support his partner. But if everything goes the way you say, our riders will be in the lead, and we will have to apply team tactics, then such a problem can only be dreamed of.

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