Verstappen drove a lonely race in his Red Bull car for 52 laps: he could not attack the Mercedes and had nothing to fear from the much slower Leclerc, after a short duel just after the start. In the closing stages, he was lucky that number two Valtteri Bottas suffered a flat tire and dropped to eleventh place.
The Limburger, on the other hand, was unlucky that he just could not pass Hamilton. The difference on the finish was only 5 seconds. However, Verstappen took another bonus point by driving the fastest lap. However, if Verstappen had not decided to stop for new tires, he could have won the race.
Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line with a flat left front tire.
no mans land
One of the highlights of his race in no man’s land was that Verstappen had plenty of time to joke. “Don’t forget to drink?” Asked the Limburger in the 34th lap to his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase. It made for smiling faces in the Red Bull pit box, where the mechanics also listened.
The World Cup stand gives Verstappen and his team less reason to laugh. Hamilton once again ran out, making it almost impossible for the Dutchman to become the youngest world champion ever. Something only this season can do. Given the pace of Mercedes in the previous GPs, the world title was no longer a realistic goal before the race.
Kevin Magnussen and Alexander Albon meet early in the race.
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Alexander Albon, the teammate of Verstappen, finished his already impressive weekend with eighth place. The British Thai, started from twelfth place, knocked Haas driver Kevin Magnussen off the track in the opening phase. He received a five-second time penalty for this, which he relieved during a pit stop.
Albon has been struggling to join Verstappen’s level all season. Team boss Christian Horner expressed his confidence in the second man this week. “We know that the car we delivered to our drivers this year is not optimal and has some tricky features. For a driver who has only just a year of experience in Formula 1, that is quite difficult. ”
Kevin Magnussen was unable to continue after the incident with Alexander Albon.
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It was also a boring Sunday for Nico Hülkenberg. The German was flown in at the last minute on Thursday as a replacement for Sergio Perez, infected with the coronavirus, but was ultimately unable to drive. His Racing Point car appeared to have engine problems just before the start.
Also view the results, the further match calendar and the score in the battle for the world championship in Formula 1.
Nico Hülkenberg did not start on Sunday.
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