After completing Friday’s training in Suzuka, the head of Red Bull Racing Christian Horner commented on their results, stressing that the main task of the team this weekend is to help Max Verstappen win the championship.
Question: What can be said about the results of training?
Christian Horner: I think we showed good speed, although it is difficult to draw final conclusions. We saw that the front tires wear out very quickly on this track, and this has yet to be dealt with, but in general the day was quite normal.
Question: In modern Formula 1, the difference between rain and dry weather settings is small, but Suzuka is a specific track where in normal weather you want the car to be set up quite hard, but in the rain still softer, which allows you to better cope with slow turns. What approach are you taking?
Christian Horner: Finding the right compromise is not easy, as it looks like it will be dry on Saturday and it could rain on Sunday. Therefore, I want to ensure that the downforce is at a normal level, which would be suitable for both cases. The same applies to the stiffness of the suspension, so discussions on this topic will continue tonight. We have to choose what to focus on in the first place: qualification – in the calculation of competing for the highest possible starting position, or still for the race.
Question: Do you think Mercedes will be able to seriously compete with you in tomorrow’s qualifying, or will they have more difficulties on this track?
Christian Horner: I think we’re in for an interesting development. On this track, a fresh set of tires gives a noticeable advantage, this is especially evident in the first sector. Today it was not so noticeable, but it is clear that the Mercedes team is quite competitive. At the same time, Ferrari is probably not yet in the positions it should be.
Question: Let’s get back to the topic of financial regulations, which was actively discussed last week: the FIA promises to publish the results of the audit only on Monday, although they were going to do it on Wednesday, October 5th. You do not know what it is connected with?
Christian Horner: We also expected this to happen on Wednesday, but the FIA decided to postpone everything to October 10th. We will wait with interest what exactly will happen on Monday, but I repeat: we believe that our team fully complied with the requirements of the financial regulations, and we are in order with the reporting that we provided to the federation. But let’s wait for the conclusions of the FIA.
Question Probably, all these conversations somehow affected the atmosphere in the team? What can be said about her, because this weekend the chances of Max Verstappen to win a second championship title are as high as ever?
Christian Horner: Yes, this is a very important weekend for Max, because he really has such an opportunity. This is what all our efforts are now directed to, and all this external noise, frankly, is created only to distract us from the main thing. But we are very pleased with the way things are going, including the reporting that the FIA provided, and are fully focused on the implementation of the tasks that lie ahead of us this weekend.
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