Mercedes pushes Max Verstappen into favorite role | Motorsport

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“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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