“Lewis was extremely fortunate”– Christian Horner credits Lewis Hamilton’s win to the red flag raised after Mercedes-Williams’ crash.
Lewis Hamilton made an excellent recovery from the rolling start after the red flag was raised in the middle of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The Briton had to start from P9 but eventually climbed to P2.
However, Christian Horner calls him highly fortunate to get that result which still keeps Mercedes at the top. Though, he still praised him for his performance
“It has to be said that Lewis was extremely fortunate, a sentiment I’m sure he would echo. The red flag, which was caused by his teammate, allowed him to un-lap himself after his own accident when he would have been effectively out of the race for a podium finish,” he said.
“But it was a very strong comeback drive by him and Mercedes once again showed great race pace, so you can see there is not a lot in it at the moment.”
It’s hard to displace the champions.
Despite the positive result, Horner feels that it would be hard to displace Mercedes, as the difference between the two teams is marginal and shifts according to the venue.
“We will try and put as much pressure on Lewis in his title defence as we possibly can. He made a fundamental error when he went off which is easy to do in those conditions but after Max’s victory,” he added.
“He still leads the championship thanks to the single point he won for setting the fastest lap in the race. So, if the next 21 races are as exciting as the first two, then it is going to be an epic season.”
On the other hand, Sergio Perez failed to score points in Imola, which could have in the end marked the end of Mercedes’ top of table tenure after all these months.