Horner pleased with damage limitation

By on Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that his squad's fifth and sixth place finish at the Italian Grand Prix was the maximum result possible.

At a circuit where Mercedes-powered cars dominated, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and sixth respectively, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in ninth being the only other non-Mercedes driver to score a point.

"I think fifth and sixth was the absolute optimum today," he said.

"We picked two different strategies, an aggressive one with Sebastian to undercut the McLaren, which worked and gave him track position but unfortunately made his tyres marginal at the end of the race.

"With Daniel we took the opposite approach as he was running in clear air.

"We ran him long in the first stint with a shorter second stint and then his passing moves to come back through the field were truly impressive and obviously with Sebastian struggling with tyre degradation due to the length of the stint, it became inevitable that the two were going to swap positions.

"But fifth and sixth place, at a circuit dominated by Mercedes-powered cars, is damage limitation achieved."

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