Horner: Brutal double DNF in F1 Bahrain GP is Red Bull's "worst nightmare"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says seeing both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez retire in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix was the team's “worst nightmare”.

Horner: Brutal double DNF in F1 Bahrain GP is Red Bull's "worst nightmare"

Verstappen looked locked in to take second place behind Ferrari's winner Charles Leclerc, while Sergio Perez was holding onto fourth in his fight with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

But with two laps to go Verstappen dramatically slowed and coasted into the pitlane after suffering what he thought were battery problems.

On the final lap misfortune also struck Perez as his engine seized to Turn 1, which locked the rear axle and put the Mexican into a spin.

It cost Red Bull 30 points, while handing Ferrari a 1-2 and also gifting bitter rival Mercedes more points than it had expected with third and fourth for Hamilton and George Russell.

Horner admitted the late double retirement was "brutal", calling it a team's "worst nightmare".

"I can’t remember the last time that happened to us, but it’s obviously your worst nightmare," Horner said.

"It’s hugely disappointing, not only to lose a podium with Max but on the last lap to lose a podium with Checo as well.

Talking to Sky, he added: "A brutal finish, that race for us. What looked like a decent haul of points suddenly evaporated in the last couple of laps there."

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Red Bull suspects Verstappen and Perez were both struck by a similar fuel pump issue, which meant the Honda combustion engine couldn't get fed with the remaining amount of fuel in the car.

"We just need to get the cars back, get the fuel system apart and understand, because we know the fuel was in there. That’s frustrating," Horner added.

"We just need to get on top of this issue and fight back next weekend."

Read Also:

Despite the heartbreak Horner said he was encouraged with Red Bull's performance in Bahrain, which sets it up well for the rest of the season.

"I think the positive side for us is we had a very competitive car, I don’t think we had quite the pace of Charles today, but some great racing between Max and Charles,” he said.

"We were fighting for the race win at different points of that race.

"It's a long, long season, 23 races. We'll get this behind us and get stuck into the next event."

shares
comments

Related video

Leclerc: Ferrari “could not hope for better” after two “difficult” F1 years
Previous article

Leclerc: Ferrari “could not hope for better” after two “difficult” F1 years

Next article

Magnussen worried he'd be more tired in stellar Bahrain F1 return

Magnussen worried he'd be more tired in stellar Bahrain F1 return
Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver Plus

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era Plus

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff Plus

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work

Formula 1
Feb 1, 2023
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021? Plus

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Formula 1
Jan 30, 2023
Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023