Horner says Red Bull has thrown ‘everything’ at the Miami GP – as he expects a title fight that lasts all season with Ferrari

Red Bull director Christian Horner said Red Bull had left nothing on the table in their efforts to win the Miami inaugural Grand Prix with Max Verstappen – and that the title battle could probably “go all the way” this season.

Verstappen went third, but kidnapped P2 Carlos Sainz when the lights went out, passing Charles Leclerc – and defended his late refutation after restarting the Safety Car. Horner said Verstappen was “fantastic” on Sunday – but admitted that the Scuderia made things a little easier for the current champions.

“[We threw] just everything we had in it, ”Horner said. “After Safety Car, we were pretty lucky that Ferrari didn’t take a new tire because they could probably put on a soft tire, so that at least neutralized things.

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“He [Verstappen] today was fantastic and I think I lost time on the track on Friday, especially on the new track, which hurt us in qualifying, but there were a few key moments in the race: starting, taking care of the tires, putting Charles under pressure, making that passage and really controlling the race to that safety car. Because with three DRS zones, it was so powerful that it was very, very hard to stop traction.

“Ferrari moved us a bit when it went from a virtual safety car to a full safety car, Max had already passed the box office entrance while Ferrari had a free stop and they didn’t take it with any of their cars – so we’re grateful because I think if they put on soft tires, that would be P3 today. ”

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As for the first race in Miami, where celebrities gathered celebrities participated with drivers and fans all weekend before climbing the track, Horner was thrilled with the impact of the Miami Grand Prix.

“Look, it was great, the reception we had, the passion that was here. The interest in Formula 1 is huge, it can be seen in today’s reception. Americans certainly know how to host an event; they did a great job with it and I think it was a good enough race to get everyone excited. ”

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With Verstappen just 19 points behind Leclerc before GP of Spain – Red Bull just six behind Ferrari because Sergio Perez finished fourth on Sunday – Horner said this title fight could go a long way.

“We have a long, long road ahead of us, it’s so close with Ferrari and there have been great races. You see there is a lot of respect between Charles and Max, they enjoy racing with each other and I think you can see that.

“I used to hope we weren’t ready for another competitive year like last year, but it looks like this one could go all the way.”

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