Max Verstappen missed out on his second consecutive victory at the Azerbaijan GP on Sunday, as he suffered a late tyre failure. The Dutch driver was leading the race, as Red Bull were poised for 1-2 finish for a first time in quite a while.
Max Verstappen stated that he was disappointed with the tyre failure in Baku. Lewis Hamilton made a late error, which kept Verstappen at the top of the championship.
“I am still upset and disappointed, because we should have opened up that gap more in the championship. Yeah, it was unlucky for me, and then of course I had a bit of luck that Lewis then didn’t score points,” said Max.
“But nevertheless, of course it’s not what you want today. We should have just had a comfortable win here. Because I think especially it seemed like on the street circuits compared to Mercedes we had a bit of an edge on them, which is good,” he added.
Max Verstappen expects Mercedes to bounce back stronger
Max Verstappen believed that Red Bull missed out on an incredible opportunity to extend their lead in a track like Baku. The Dutchman expects Mercedes to bounce back stronger, as the F1 returns to normal circuits from France.
Max Verstappen revealed that he faced no problem while leading the race in Baku, and was in a comfortable position.
“Not difficult at all,” he said. “Honestly, I was just initially matching a bit the pace that was happening behind me. And then at one point already before the safety car I was three or four-tenths faster a lap, while I was not even pushing the tyres, so it all felt really comfortable,” he added.
“So yeah, that makes it even more disappointing, because I don’t expect these races to happen very often where we easily let’s say, gain 25 points. Because when we go to normal tracks, like I said before, Mercedes will be back up there, and it will be a really tough fight,” the Dutch driver added.