Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the championship to 14 points, as he won the Spanish GP last week. The Briton claimed the third win of his season last week in Spain, and his 98th career victory. Max Verstappen finished P2 for the third time this season. However, the Dutch driver did manage to collect an extra point for the fastest lap.
Max Verstappen’s only win of the season came at the Imola GP, as he has collected 80 points in his four races this season. On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton has 94 points to his name already. Jos Verstappen, father of Max Verstappen believes that Mercedes could be dominant once again this season.
“After the winter test and also after the first race weekend it seemed Red Bull had a very good car. Mercedes, however, quickly turned the tide. We have to remember they were superior last year. There have been some aerodynamic changes, but overall that Mercedes remains a very good car,”said Jos Verstappen.
Max needs to drive more on the limit: Jos Verstappen
Jos Verstappen, former F1 driver believes that Max Verstappen has to maximize the performance from his car, in order to remain in contention with Mercedes. Red Bull are generally strong in developing their car mid-season, which gives Jos Verstappen some hope.
“Within Red Bull they are not frustrated yet. They say it’s still a long season. I personally think Mercedes are also a lot faster in qualifying but that Max is squeezing so much out of it that it’s still so close,” said Jos.
“That’s the only thing we can hold on to. Let one thing be clear – Red Bull, Honda and Max are extremely keen and doing everything they can to take the championship,” he added.
“We see the drive in everyone but it’s not good enough at the moment. They really need to make another step. Preferably as soon as possible because the gap should not become too big. We need to improve in all areas,” the Dutch concluded.
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