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F1 | French GP | Christian Horner: “it’s going to be a fascinating battle” during the race

After the qualifying, Christian Horner spoke about the possibilities for Sunday’s race at Paul Ricard

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F1 | French GP | Christian Horner: “it’s going to be a fascinating battle” during the race
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After a tense qualifying session, Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Checo Perez will line up second and third on the grid. After a phenomenal lap by Leclerc, thanks to a great pace and a little bit of a tow from his teammate Sainz, Leclerc set a last time of 1:30.872s which was unchallengeable for the rest in the top 10. 

After the session, the team principal of Red Bull Racing Christian Horner spoke with Sky Sports F1 about the qualifying and the possibilities for Sunday’s race. 

When asked if any of the Red Bull drivers could’ve been closer to Ferrari if Leclerc wouldn’t get a tow from his teammate, Horner responded: “I think we might have been a tenth, maybe a tenth and a half closer, but i think juts over that one lap Ferrari had the advantage on us today. But we’ve got two very different concepts of, you know, attacking this race track this weekend, Ferrari running a little bit more downforce, we’re a bit more trimmed out so its all about tomorrow”

Later, he was asked if he was happy for Sergio to be back in the front of the grid. On that, he said: “we have now both cars up there, we’ve got two versus one which is always an interesting strategic dynamic.”

Perez seemed to struggle a bit during the free practice sessions, and he even himself admitted that so far this has been the worst start to a weekend that he’s had. Despite that, the Mexican was able to find the pace and eventually secure a second row for Sunday’s race. When Horner was asked about Perez’s struggle and comeback, he responded: “He turned up today, you know, Checo yesterday was obviously working through a few things things. He stepped it up a gear today and it's great to see him back right there on the pace so both drivers, you know, second and third on the grid, we can do something from there, i believe, in the race tomorrow.”

Lastly, the Brit was asked about potential strategy in regards to Ferrari being able to switch on the different tyres very fast. To that, he responded: “It’s always that trade, isn't it, at the cost what we don't know, standing here and now, is how is it doing to play out tomorrow? are they using more energy on that tyre, over a lap is that gonna  penalise over a long run or will they be able to maintain it? Will we be better off by achieving the lap time in a different way? So…its gonna be hot and its gonna be maybe a little windy tomorrow, so its going to be a fascinating battle.”

With Sainz starting from the back of the grid due to penalties for engine switch, Leclerc’s task of holding back the Bulls gets increasingly harder. Who will come out as the winner of the French GP? We’ll find out soon enough. 

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