F1: Horner says Bottas did great job for Mercedes in taking out our cars

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner couldn’t hide his disappointment after Valtteri Bottas took out both their cars in the Hungarian GP.

The Finn slammed into the back of Lando Norris in the run down to Turn 1, who in turn made heavy contact with Max Verstappen. Bottas then slammed into Sergio Perez. The Mexican was forced to retire, while Max Verstappen could only muster a 10th place finish with his damaged car.

“I don’t think there’s anything we can do,” Horner said. “I mean, that’s the brutality of racing, isn’t it?

“I think that you saw Valtteri make a poor start. He obviously misjudged his braking and he’s done a great job for Mercedes in taking out both of our cars. There’s a significant amount of damage, lost another engine with Sergio and obviously Max was hugely compromised.

“I have to say the mechanics worked wonders to get that car running again because just to get some of the pipes straightened on it for the fluids was an incredible response.”

“Very frustrating, but you know what, we’re within the difference a first and second place in points difference as we go into the summer break,” Horner added. “We’ve had some hugely bad luck the last couple of races. It’s been pretty brutal in damage and parts and engines, but we’ll brush ourselves down and come out fighting for the second half of this championship because, you know, obviously it’s been a tough couple of weeks, but things can turn around very quickly as you’ve just seen.”

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner consoles his two drivers Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Sergio Perez of Mexico after the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 01, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)