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Christian Horner has detailed the key moments and strategic decisions that resulted in Red Bull taking victory after a catastrophic qualifying. 

In a post-race interview, Sky Sports asked Horner if Ferrari is gifting Red Bull the championship:

"Are we live?" Horner joked in response before going into depth about Red Bull's decision-making:

"I can only focus on our performance, and we did a great job today. We switched our strategy on the grid.

"Going to the grid, both drivers were struggling to generate temperatures in the soft tyre on the way to the grid, and we were due to start the race on the hard tyres. 

 "So we switched it on the grid, and the soft tyre went much further than we thought... the key moment for the race for us was as soon as we saw Charles go onto the hard tyres, we thought, OK, we've really got a chance now."

Horner's assessment is consistent with the reaction of most fans during the race, as Ferrari made the baffling decision to stop for hard tyres. 

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Alpine had already switched to the hards, with Alonso and Ocon clearly struggling for grip and performance on the C2 tyre. 

Charles Leclerc, who was comfortable at the front of the field, had only completed 17 laps on the mediums when Ferrari called him into the pits. 


The Monegasque was creating a gap to the rest of the field, and his laptimes were still consistent, unsurprising given that the mediums were capable of completing over 25 laps. 

Leclerc communicated to Ferrari that he felt comfortable on the medium tyres, but the Scuderia team ignored this and stopped him prematurely for hard tyres. 

Red Bull - and most of the field - identified the difficulties of the hard tyres and instead extended their stints on the soft and medium tyres. 

Ferrari's failure to maximise the medium stint and avoid the perilous hard tyres ended their chances of victory, barely completing a dozen laps on the hards before stopping Leclerc again for softs. 

Red Bull's strategy was effective, but Horner (like most viewers) is aware that Ferrari's race was filled with unforced errors.