Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has sympathised with Ferrari for ending up in “no man’s land” when the Safety
Charles Leclerc, despite losing the lead initially, took advantage of Red Bull’s tire issues and overtook Max Verstappen on Lap 16. Verstappen’s penalty for pushing Leclerc off track on the first lap gave Leclerc a good chance at victory. However, debris from Verstappen’s clash with George Russell led to a Safety Car period, allowing Red Bull to pit while Leclerc stayed out. Although Leclerc managed to regain a position on the final lap, both he and Sergio Perez were unable to prevent Verstappen from winning. Red Bull made the strategic decision to pit under the Safety Car, which gave them a competitive edge over Ferrari.