Verstappen ended the second on the road after his attempt to pass Hamilton in the final laps at the chicanag's contact, but the two drivers continue in the same positions.
Verstappen has had five second punishments following an insecure release in Valtteri Botta's way at his pit stop during the safety car, and when it was added, he returned to fourth behind Sebastian Vettel and Bottas, a result which Horner called "bitter". [1
"But that's what the managers took a decision that they thought was fair to them, and we have to accept it. His only chance was to pass Hamilton and pull out the five seconds.
" He deserved to be on the podium today. The encouraging thing is that the show is right there, pushing, pushing, pushing, fighting like a lion, trying to make the pass on Lewis, and it was worth going. "
Horner said the Verstappen showed patience by waiting for the right opportunity." 19659007] "I thought he was really booked, he built up, built It was really the only great chance he had and he went for the one that is Max.
"Nevertheless, it is good to get both cars home in the top five. Pierre [Gasly] ran a good race today, after the penalty he had yesterday, P5 was a good result for him."
Honda F1 chief Toyoharu Tanabe said the Japanese company was encouraged by serving others on the road with one of its cars on a day when all four were finished in the points.
"The result on paper is the result," he told Motorsport.com. "So we're a little disappointed. Max's race today called on our engineers a lot – not just engineers, but also some followers. We are happy to have a good run for all four Honda cars.
" difficult to evaluate the performance of the power unit. We are still in the catching phase, we are no better than Ferrari! But as a package it is still up and down. Up, down and down. Mercedes is always up, up, so we can see. "