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Christian Horner

Horner reckons 'greedy' Leclerc was fortunate to score points

Christian Horner has given his thoughts on Charles Leclerc's late-race spin at Imola, describing the outcome as a "bonus" for Red Bull.

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner feels that Charles Leclerc's spin in the closing stages of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a result of him being "too greedy".

Leclerc had been challenging Sergio Perez for second place when he slid off at the Variante Alta and struck the barriers, forcing him back to the pits for repairs.

What would have been a near-certain podium finish for the Ferrari driver, and possibly even more, turned into sixth position as Leclerc salvaged a handful of points

Horner: Leclerc was lucky to finish the race

Leclerc's mistake came after a bold switch from Medium to Soft tyres, which Red Bull responded to with both Perez and Max Verstappen, and Horner noted how the Monegasque was taking risks.

"He was pushing very hard all race," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com, as he addressed Leclerc's incident.

"You could see at the top of the hill, I think Turn 14, at the chicane, that was the one part of the track that he was consistently quicker than Checo (Perez).

"It just looked like he got a little bit too greedy on that Soft tyre, but mistakes can happen.

"He was actually lucky to finish the race and obviously still get sixth-place points (eight).

"It was a bonus for us that we were able to take a few more points off [Ferrari] with him not finishing on the podium."

Leclerc's DRS-inspired charge ends in disaster

Asked why he thinks Leclerc got "greedy", Horner pointed to the Drag Reduction System (DRS) detection point, which followed the chicane.

"I think he was trying to get in the DRS zone of Checo," Horner commented.

"To do that, you needed to be really quick over that chicane, to get into the DRS detection zone, before the last couple of corners.

"That was obviously what he was trying to get within."

Leclerc's championship lead has been cut to 27 points over race winner Verstappen, while Red Bull are now just 11 behind Ferrari.

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