Before the GP, Red Bull makes a big decision for Verstappen
Author of a recital in Hungary before the truce, Max Verstappen did it again at Spa last Sunday. Starting 14th, the Dutchman managed to win brilliantly. Before the Dutch Grand Prix, which he will play at home, the reigning world champion will be put in a bubble by Red Bull who wants to remove all pressure from him.
After obtaining his first title of world champion at the end of the suspense, Max Verstappen surely did not expect to experience such a “quiet” season. With the problems of mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen pulled a thorn out of his foot. Behind Red Bullhe stays Ferrari who aims to return to the top of the Formula 1. Whether Charles Leclerc got off to a perfect start to the season, the Italian team’s strategic errors ended up hurting their chances of the title. Barring a last-minute twist, Max Verstappen therefore seems to be heading towards a second crowning of world champion.
Far ahead, Verstappen remains modest
Despite his lead, the Dutchman remains modest. After his recent victory at Spa, Verstappen spoke about the end of the season that awaited him: Our car is very efficient. And then this track, I think it suits him perfectly, maybe. I know some upcoming circuits will be a bit more difficult and I still expect a good battle with Ferrari, it’s just that yes, this circuit seems to be perfect for the car. I don’t expect it to be like this every race weekend… At Zandvoort it will be tighter. Just because of the track layout, more downforce on the car, less straights too. So it will definitely be tighter than here. We have increased the gap again, which of course is very nice, but we know that we have to score points every weekend “.
Red Bull knows what awaits them
Before disembarking at Zandvoortat the house of Max Verstappen, Christian Horner is aware that its driver will be in the spotlight. ” Obviously there will be a huge expectation on Max as he comes back out there as world champion with the number one on the car. We saw the vibe last year and I think it will definitely intensify again this year. You have to keep the pressure on because as soon as you don’t you start making mistakes. So we will approach Zandvoort with exactly the same discipline as we have done at every Grand Prix so far this year. “, assures the boss of Red Bull in comments relayed by Nextgen Auto.
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“We will try to keep it in a bubble”
And even if the championship is almost acquired, Red Bull does not want to burn the leader’s wings and plans to brood him. ” There are no additional activities for Max compared to a standard Grand Prix weekend. Of course there will be a lot of noise around the circuit, but we will try to keep it in a bubble within the team and to try to manage expectations. Zandvoort will probably be a bigger challenge than Spa for the new directive because it’s bumpy, it’s bouncy there. The layout is probably closer to that of Budapest, so Ferrari and potentially Mercedes could come back into the fray. It’s just another kind of challenge, but obviously there’s going to be a huge expectation on Max because he comes back here as world champion and with the number one on his car. We saw the reaction last year and I think it will only intensify this year », adds Christian Horner.