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Red Bull Racing

Horner hails Imola weekend as one of Red Bull's best ever

Red Bull have scored their first 1-2 finish since the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, ending a near six-year wait to dominate an F1 weekend.

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has ranked the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend as one of his squad's best ever.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez crossed the line in first and second on race day at Imola after finishing first and third at the end of Saturday's Sprint.

In doing so, the team have closed the gap between themselves and Ferrari, while Verstappen is now less than 30 points behind Charles Leclerc.

"It's fantastic and it's one point off a maximum score over the whole weekend, so a 1-3 yesterday, the 1-2 today, and fastest lap," Horner said, speaking to select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It was just the rebound that we needed after the disappointment of Australia a couple of weeks ago."

Horner: We attacked Imola from the word go

Red Bull's fine performance has helped to get their season back on track after enduring three retirements in the opening three races, two of which were suffered by defending World Champion Verstappen.

But on race day at Imola, Verstappen proved unbeatable, while both Ferrari cars ended up sliding off the track.

"It was a phenomenal team performance, because we took a bit of a risk coming into the weekend with a couple of small parts that we introduced to the car," Horner continued.

"It's always tricky when you've only got one [practice] session, but we attacked the weekend from the word go.

"Both drivers have been unbelievable; both Max and Checo (Perez) have driven brilliantly this weekend.

"That 1-2 finish is all credit to the team. [It was] a brilliant pit-stop strategy today, but also, back in the factory at Milton Keynes, the hard effort and work [going in].

"Obviously, picking ourselves up after the disappointment of Australia, to come back with a result like that here in Imola, was one of our best-ever results."

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