Max Verstappen he is certainly not going through an easy time. The reigning World Champion may have won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but it had to be retire due to breakdowns on his Red Bull both in Bahrain and yesterday in Australia. In this way, the 24-year-old Dutchman finds himself having to recover already 46 points with respect to Charles Leclerc. After the race Super Max had made pessimistic statements to the English-speaking press, but with the media of his country he increased the dose, going so far as to declare that he already believed compromised his title race 2022!
To reporters from De Telegraaf, the main Dutch newspaper, Verstappen said: “don’t think about the Championship, because right now there is no point in believing in the title“. Why this catastrophism? “Because if you want to fight for the World Cup, situations like yesterday’s don’t have to happen“. A reference to the withdrawal, which would have been caused by a defaillance of the fuel supply system, in which a loss would have been generated which then turned into a fire. If so, it would be the third failure of this component, after those which occurred in Bahrain on both cars. A disturbing situation.
“I’m trying to do my best and obviously I will try to win every GP. But, first of all, I’d like to finish thembind” added the 24-year-old from Limburg, a little sourly. The flaws, however, are not only related to reliability, but concern the whole car. “We need to improve in every area, Ferrari is faster and handles the tires better. There are many things to work on. At the moment I don’t see a single or easy solution to our problems “.
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But the World Cup is only at the beginning. If the Russian GP were to be recovered elsewhere, there are still twenty appointments to be staged. Isn’t the 2021 Champion a bit too melodramatic? “I know that the season is still long, but if this is the situation, to recover I would need 45 racesnot twenty “ concluded Verstappen.
In short, the step from flying Dutchman to whining Dutch it’s short. For sure Red Bull is chasing Ferrari, but on balance it is the only car to have beaten the Reds. Also in Milton Keynes they are already working hard. A first is planned for Imola sensitive package of updates, which should also lead to a reduction of 7 kg of the RB18, precisely in order to reduce the driveability problems encountered between Sakhir and Melbourne. It will be enough for satisfy Max?
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