What a race it was for Red Bull! The Austrian team scored their first double podium of the season, at a track where historically main title competitor Mercedes had strongly outperformed them.
It's also the first time in the turbo-hybrid era that Red Bull has won three races in a row.
Max Verstappen, who started on pole, with a successful undercut and a two-stop strategy was crowned race winner, in spite of losing his starting position in the first lap by going wide in Turn 2, and increased his championship advantage on Lewis Hamilton by signing the fastest race lap too.
His teammate Sergio Perez improved his starting position and secured his podium overtaking Valtteri Bottas in the final laps, confirming the good form already shown at Baku, and securing the gap in the constructors' championship.
These results came after strong "accusations" of running a "bendy" rear wing and after Pirelli's claims of not following the guidelines on tyre pressure, to which the FIA had reacted by increasing the amount and the thoroughness of the controls.
Team Principal Christian Horner was pleased to prove his team's critics wrong, as he stated in a post-race interview:
“A lot of comments have been made in the last few weeks. We've had accusations made. But we've complied with the rules and the way that we've reacted I think shows the strength and depth, that our performance isn't based on rear wing flexibility."
Horner highlighted the importance of the team's hard work, especially in compelling to the new Pirelli standards:
“[At] all times we've always followed the prescriptions from Pirelli, and obviously the increase in tyre pressure this weekend was challenging for all the teams. But again, the engineering team have done a great job in optimising the car around it.”
The increasingly good results are a "testament to how hard the team has worked”, he added, not only ito adapt the RB16B to the new rules, but also in getting up to speed with World Champions Mercedes:
"Let's not forget, 60% of the car is a carryover. It's the same chassis that they were winning all those races [with] last year, so I think that the team has just done a phenomenal job."
However, Red Bull's Chief doesn't want his team to relax, as the season as just begun and he's confident that the German team will strike back soon:
June 23, 2021