“Max is the favorite based on Friday’s racing simulations,” Wolff refers to the second practice in Barcelona, in which Verstappen was faster than Mercedes during his long runs on the medium band. Wolff does not think that his team will be in trouble again like a week earlier at Silverstone, regarding the condition of the tires. “The only similarity with that time is the high temperature. But this is a different track and I don’t expect to get blisters on the rubber. Overheating can of course take place and Red Bull has shown that it can cope well in such circumstances. ”
Verstappen starts third in the race in Barcelona, behind pole sitter Hamilton and Bottas. Hamilton also did everything to maneuver Mercedes into the underdog role after his fastest time in qualifying. It is a trick that Mercedes often uses, although Verstappen will probably not worry about it. “It will be very tough”, said Hamilton. “Red Bull seems a bit faster than us in terms of pace in the race, but hopefully we can keep our position.”
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