Russia is Mercedes’ territory. This was still the case this year, but an exasperated Max Verstappen managed to nestle himself between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. No one had expected that, third place seemed the maximum. During both qualifying and the race, Max Verstappen benefited and rose above his material.
In the RacingNews365 podcast, extensive attention is paid to the performance of the Dutchman during the last Grand Prix. In Sochi, the Red Bull driver was looking for a sporting revenge, which he also managed to conquer. Tom Coronel was impressed. “Max has transcended his material for years. I often see with Max that he does something that no one expects, but that makes him the person as he is now seen. Not just by me, I can already hear everyone thinking again.”
“Throughout the world!” Continues the racing driver. “He also shows it, it is not just talking to him. The word Verstappen is immediately linked to performance. Max talks in performance. If it does not go well, he will become frustrated and that makes him the ideal sportsman. Frustration, anger. , the urge to want to win. I think he’s been doing that well for years. “
F1 journalist Ruud Dimmers was especially impressed by the resilience of Verstappen, who appeared exasperated at the start of the race weekend after two outages in Russia. “You often see that if he has had a bad period, that he is even more exasperated and gets even more out of himself. There was no one who expected that he could split those two Mercedes drivers in Russia.”
“He already does it in qualifying, when he takes the slipstream from Bottas. That was really very smart, because he takes a tenth with it. At the start he was a bit unlucky that he had too much wheelspin and then he had too much wheelspin. The luck of Hamilton’s punishment. But Lewis was unable to get past Verstappen in an apparently faster car. He’s actually doing something extraordinary. “
And that, according to Dimmers, is the difference between Verstappen and a second driver. “That’s the difference between Bottas and Max or Lewis, for example. Verstappen and Hamilton had never let anyone take advantage of a slipstream and had immediately sent aside. I liked the way Max did that again. P3 would make it, because Sochi is not a Red Bull track “, who is not the only one enthusiastic.
Coronel is also lyrical about the Dutchman, who was on the podium in Russia for the seventh time this season. “Those tricks he is looking for, that makes Verstappen even cooler. He actually just uses Bottas, who is certainly disappointed. The whole of Red Bull has never done it in Russia. You think he will be a maximum third and then he still comes in second. I think it’s magnificent “, said the WTCR driver.
Listen below to the latest RacingNews365 podcast, in which Tom Coronel and Ruud Dimmers not only look back at the performance of Verstappen, but also extensively look back on the punishment for Hamilton, look ahead to a new teammate for the Dutchman and more.
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