Looking at today's race, it is quite evident that this championship will be a marathon, and not a sprint. It's all about marginal gains because of how close it is between Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen and Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton.
Max snatched a second from Mercedes again today, and the race between him and Hamilton is extremely close.
Quite disappointing for the dutchman to lose the Fastest Lap point at the end of the race ue to track limits, which should be consistent during the race weekend.
Post-race, the Red Bull driver comments, “Something about this track really does not suit our car and I think in general this was a bit of an off weekend in terms of grip and overall pace. We knew last year that we weren’t particularly strong here, so this year has been a bit better and we managed to finish ahead of one Mercedes, but it wasn’t quite good enough to get them both. Nevertheless, second is still a pretty good result and we always knew this season would be up and down in terms of the tracks we were strong at and the ones Mercedes were."
He continues, "The race today was pretty decent though and we were all constantly pushing which was nice. I tried to put the pressure on Valtteri in the beginning as he was struggling for grip, but clearly Lewis behind had more pace and he made it past us both. I was then able to undercut Valtteri in the pit stop but you could clearly see on the hard tyres we were just a bit slower, some laps we could match Lewis and others it was just not possible."
Verstappen adds, "Towards the end of the race Valtteri was even coming back at me which showed their pace today. It’s a shame the Fastest Lap got taken away, stupid track limits [laughs], they should just put gravel back! It is what it is, we always try and I had the gap so we went for it."
To conclude, "We scored good points here but I’m looking forward to Barcelona, a track that has more normal grip levels and where I have good memories. I think we will also see a clearer picture of how teams have been progressing. It’s a long season ahead so a lot can happen.”