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Horner explains Red Bull's Brazil qualifying issues

Christian Horner has detailed the reasons for Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez being unable to challenge for Pole Position in Brazil.

Christian Horner believes that on-track dramas for both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez denied each driver a chance of Pole Position. After the rain-affected qualifying in Brazil, Verstappen and Perez will start the Sprint race from second and ninth respectively, after managing just one flying lap each in Q3. The Q3 red flags, triggered by Mercedes' George Russell, and proceeding rain showers denied all drivers the opportunity to improve their opening lap times. Speaking after qualifying, Team Principal Horner attributed Verstappen's missed opportunity to an error on his flying lap. "Firstly, well done to Kevin Magnussen and Haas on Pole," Horner commented after qualifying. "Conditions were tough, the rain was all around us throughout Q1, Q2 & Q3 but the guys did a good job of navigating their way through to Q3. "Unfortunately, a small mistake at Turn 8 cost Max a bit of time but nevertheless, being on the front row is very positive for the Sprint race."

Horner: Perez victim to Leclerc's error

Sergio Perez was one driver who was unable to profit from the unpredictable weather, with the Mexican qualifying in P9. The Red Bull driver only out-qualified Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in Q3, who gambled on Intermediate tyres with the threat of rain looming. Horner explained that the Red Bull driver's only flying lap was hindered by a slow Leclerc. "Checo was unlucky, Charles was out on a set of inters and I think Checo was expecting him to come into the pits but he stayed out," added Horner. "This compromised Checo’s lap but I’m sure he can race well from there tomorrow, so it promises to be a very exciting Grand Prix weekend.”

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