Red Bull boss Christian Horner thinks Daniil Kvyat lost the chance of a podium finish in the British Grand Prix after spinning on his in-lap to change to intermediate tyres.
The Russian driver had spent much of the afternoon fighting hard with eventual podium finisher Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
But in the tricky wet conditions near the end of the race, Kvyat spun – costing him valuable time that could have made the difference between his eventual sixth position and a top three spot. He finished right behind the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
Horner said: “For the first time this year, since Monaco, we were in the race, racing the Ferraris.
“Kvyat made a very good move on Seb into Luffield and we were really focused on a one-stop strategy and we were not sure whether Ferrari were going to do a two or one stop at that stage. We were just running our fastest race.
“Kvyat seemed to have very good pace, but and then the rain started to come. And then it is that frustrating scenario of you are watching and listening to the drivers, you are looking at the lap times, and you do not want to go to intermediates too early to chew them up but not to go too late.
“And I think the two guys that timed it to perfection were the two with experience in Lewis and Seb. Danny had a spin on his in-lap. He lost about 10-12 seconds, plus the deteriorating circuit. Without that, we would have been pushing Sebastian for the podium.”
Analysis of the laptimes during that key phase of the race show that Kvyat lost almost 40 seconds to Vettel over the laps – taking in to account the spin and the deteriorating track conditions for those who stopped later.
In the end, he finished just 38 seconds behind Vettel.