The very narrow gap between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton after qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix surprised observers a lot as the Dutchman seemed to have a fairly comfortable margin over his rival since the start of the day. Although the Briton is a tough opponent in the year where he holds the all-time record, the gap would not have been so close without a DRS problem.
The Red Bull Racing driver was in fact unable to activate his movable rear wing flap in the last acceleration, which cost him a little time and ultimately put him at risk. thank you from Mercedes # 44. “We have seen a lack of top speed in this straight line and it seems that the DRS has not opened properly,” said Christian Horner, director of Red Bull. “So he probably lost a tenth or a tenth and a half. [It’s] an amazing performance from him and under tremendous pressure. So yeah, I’m very happy with that. . “
The pressure, in fact, is particularly strong on the shoulders of Verstappen in front of an audience as passionate as they are impatient to see his champion on the top step of the podium. “He’s remarkable,” Horner added when asked how to deal with that pressure.
“It’s almost like everything out there isn’t there. Because he doesn’t seem to feel it. He was watching the DTM race before qualifying. You know, he’s very relaxed. treats [this Grand Prix] like a normal racing weekend. And on the other side of the fence, it’s madness. But what an incredible atmosphere. And that’s for sure. , all pilots feed off their audience. “
“We’ve seen him mature over the years and you forget how young he is still. But he’s got a lot of racing experience now. And I think the way he’s handling re the pressure has been remarkable the last few years. He has done a great job, he is in the best position to start tomorrow’s race. It is a tough race where it is difficult to overtake, so the first part of the job is done. “
Max Verstappen may not have made the headlines in Friday practice, when Formula 1 returns to Zandvoort, but the Red Bull driver’s pace was undeniable ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix .
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