Horner disappointed for Honda following Japanese Grand Prix

14-10-2019 12:35
by Joseph Tyrrell
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Horner disappointed for Honda following Japanese Grand Prix

Christian Horner has admitted it was a disappointing finish at the Suzuka Circuit for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing as Alex Albon finished fourth and Max Verstappen retired on lap 15 of the Japanese Grand Prix.

After qualifying fifth and sixth during the early hours of Sunday, Max Verstappen's race lasted just 15 laps after a collision with Charles Leclerc on the opening lap forced him to retire. Albon had a poor start but managed to secure a comfortable fourth place, his best result in F1. 

Horner admitted that the result was frustrating for Honda at their home race.

“After a great start, Max was unfortunately involved in contact at Turn 2 with Leclerc which resulted in him retiring from the race. It looked like Max gave Charles plenty of room but we will let the stewards deal with that," Horner said.

“Alex had a less than perfect getaway, dropping behind the McLarens but he fought back well, making the two-stop strategy work. He passed Norris in a firm but fair move on lap four and closed quickly on Sainz.

“The remainder of the race was quite lonely but Alex drove faultlessly to bring the car home in P4, his best Formula One result to date.

“Leaving Suzuka with a fourth place and a DNF is slightly disappointing at Honda’s home race after such a fantastic turnout from a very enthusiastic crowd.

Horner congratulated Mercedes on winning another Constructors' Championship, adding: "Our congratulations go to Mercedes on winning their sixth Constructors’ Championship here today.”

 

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