Christian Horner says Red Bull are happy to be leading both Championships after a “difficult afternoon” at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday
With Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber starting P7 and P11 - Red Bull’s worst qualifying of the season - the duo needed to go on the attack from the word go.
Instead, Webber lost ground on the opening lap before his recovery efforts were undone by an unscheduled front nose change while Vettel was slapped with a drive-through and later also needed a new nose.
Vettel finished sixth after a late charge saw him overtake three cars. Webber was just outside the points in 11th place bringing his run of P4 finishes to an end.
“A difficult afternoon,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.
“Unfortunately Sebastian had a drive-through penalty for an incident under a yellow flag, which I believe is because he had the DRS open.
“We also had front wing damage on both cars that necessitated two nose changes.
“Despite that, it was a strong recovery from Sebastian to finish sixth, passing two McLarens and Rosberg in the closing stages and, as a result, we leave still leading both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships.
“For Mark it was a tough race with the wing change early on and then unfortunately a mystifying lack of pace, which resulted in him spending a lot of the race looking at the back of Nico Hulkenberg’s car. So, there is plenty to understand.”