Does Verstappen dominate thanks to Newey… or thanks to him?

Does Verstappen dominate thanks to Newey… or thanks to him?

That’s it: Max Verstappen is more than 100 points clear of his championship runners-up, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez.

The Dutchman is untouchable and unflappable in this second half of the season.

His car too: while Zandvoort is a very different track to Spa, the Milton Keynes-built F1 remained quickest in qualifying and in the race, although the gap was certainly narrowed.

Does Red Bull therefore have no weaknesses? Max Verstappen is not going to reassure the competition…

“There are no real weaknesses, but we know that in some places we are stronger than others, we know that on a high-downforce track it is a bit more difficult to get the best out of our package. »

“But if you look at the whole season, of course you have more tracks with average levels of downforce and our car is very efficient there. »

“That’s why I think we’re all looking forward to going to Monza. »

Max Verstappen also seems to be in osmosis with his team, his engineers, his car… everything is going well and he is reaping the rewards of long-term work according to him.

“It’s normal, because you spend more time with everyone and of course you are part of the team for an even longer period. So I think that’s what you’re waiting for, right? »

“Every year you feel even more in tune with the team. With the car, it is a delicate matter. Because of course when the rules change, sometimes you have to start over. And I must say that at the beginning of the year there was a bit of adaptation, which is not entirely to my taste. »

“But also, as I already explained, the car was quite heavy. And naturally, by reducing the weight, it became a bit more agile. »

“It’s a team effort, you know, and the intensity is different. It’s also a completely different season. But I don’t need to tell anyone in the team, the motivation we have, to always try to improve and win races, even when we win races we always want to do better. . And also, after Zandvoort, we will see many things that we can do better. »

“But that’s what you always have to have, that kind of focus, always wanting to do more, wanting to do better, because that’s how you stay on top, because if you stand still, of course you will be overwhelmed. »

When he arrives on the grid on pole position like at Zandvoort, does Max Verstappen realize that his season is taking an exceptional turn at the moment?

“When you’re on the grid, you don’t think about how special everything is. I’m focused on what I have to do in the car. Vous passez par toutes les procedures et c’est agréable, bien sûr, de voir toute la foule et la folie et j’apprécie beaucoup, mais je thought aussi, tant que sportif, que vous vous concentrez sur votre travail, n’est -Isn’t it? And that’s what you do throughout the race. »

“And then, of course, after the race, you have everything in mind. It was a very special weekend for me, to see all these fans coming out and supporting me. It was incredible, but of course during that hour and a half of Grand Prix on Sunday you are completely focused on your work. »

The importance of the driver: Verstappen takes the example of Hamilton

Is Adrian Newey the first to be credited as having been one of the brains behind this highly efficient Red Bull? Does Newey do everything? Does the driver matter more or less than the car?

This is an opportunity for Max Verstappen to pay tribute to his talent… and Lewis Hamilton’s, by the way!

“There are a lot of things that are due to the team, of course, like when Lewis won his championships. That’s how it is in Formula 1. Your car is super important, but when you are an exceptional driver, as is Lewis, you make the difference with your teammate at that moment, because in the crucial races too. »

“For example, there is one that was significant for him, Lewis, it was Turkey, when it was very slippery on the circuit, you had to stay calm, not make mistakes. You end up winning a race like this and that’s what good drivers do, in the end. They make a difference to other fast riders but not as good. »

“So, yes, the car is very dominant. [nécessaire pour signer une bonne performance] in Formula 1, but of course, among colleagues only one can win, and that’s where you have to make a difference. »


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