Horner refuses to blame Red Bull over pit stop blunder

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has refused to single out a member of the outfit for blame after the pit-stop blunder which cost Daniel Ricciardo a potential victory at the Monaco GP.

Ricciardo appeared ready to retake the lead from Lewis Hamilton after pitting on lap 32, but missed the chance after being left waiting an extra nine seconds as the team struggled to find the correct tyres to fit on his car.

Horner admitted the team owed Ricciardo a “huge apology”, and has since completed an investigation into why the mishap occured.

“With all such things there is never simply one thing that stands out as a root cause,” he told reporters. “It was the culmination of a number factors that came into play during the race — Max’s stop (Verstappen pitted a lap earlier), an aborted stop, a change of tyre compound.

“All of those things contributed to a scenario where ultimately the tyres that were believed to be available were not within the garage, but were in an area that was quite difficult to access and that, of course, led to the tyres not being available to Daniel at the point at which he stopped.”

While Horner refused to blame anyone for the mistake, he made it clear that he expects the team to learn from the incident.

“Inevitably there’s been a huge amount of analysis into what happened, why it happened and also into preventative measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,” he added.

“Yes, it was hugely frustrating, but afterwards it was never going to be a finger-pointing exercise. As I said after the race, we win and we lose together as a team.

“It’s a question of understanding what went wrong, working as a team to solve the issue and then taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“In competitive sport you are always pushing right to the edge and that’s what happened in Monaco. Now we simply need to make sure that robust procedures are put in place to cover any given scenario.”

Ricciardo was visibly angry after the race, in which he eventually finished second, but the Australian has been backed to shine at the Canadian GP.

“Understandably, he was very emotional after the race and totally gutted to have put in such a great performance but not to have achieved the win,” Horner said. “You can’t turn the clock back, but you can address what’s coming.

“He’s third in the championship, he’s heading to a venue that holds some fantastic memories for him and hopefully we can again give him a competitive car there.”