Red Bull has wasted too many points-scoring opportunities this year and should be among the leaders in the constructors’ championship, says team principal Christian Horner.Daniel Ricciardo scored their second victory of the year in Monaco last weekend. However his under-fire team mate Max Verstappen only finished ninth after he crashed in practice and had to start from last place.
It was the latest in a series of incidents for Verstappen which have cost Red Bull points this year, as Horner admitted.
“If you are giving away points through damage it is expensive on two counts,” he said. “It is costing money to repair the car and you are giving away valuable points in the constructors’ championship.
“We should be right there with Mercedes and Ferrari and we have probably given away 65 points this year. We need both drivers performing at optimum to be able to fight with those two teams.”
Horner said Monaco was a “very painful” weekend for Verstappen, who showed similar pace to Ricciardo before his crash.
Red Bull’s results in 2018
|Daniel Ricciardo||Max Verstappen|
|Bahrain||DNF||Power unit failure||DNF||Collided with Lewis Hamilton|
|China||1st||5th||Went off, collided with Sebastian Vettel|
|Azerbaijan||DNF||Collided with team mate||DNF||Collided with team mate|
|Spain||5th||Spun after VSC||3rd|
|Monaco||1st||9th||Missed qualifying after crashing in practice|
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