In the World Cup duel between Red Bull and Mercedes, small poisonous arrows continue to fly regularly from one camp to the other. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku was no exception. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff spoke in the ‘Sky’ interview in connection with the crash of Max Verstappen of “Karma”, which (first) Max Verstappen (and then Lewis Hamilton) met.
At the time when Wolff was in front of the camera on ‘Sky’, Verstappen was standing at the so-called “Bullring” and dictating his view of things to the journalists. And he also referred to the competition: “I hear from the other team all the time that we’re making more mistakes,” he says, without even mentioning the name Mercedes. “That is clearly not the case.”
“It’s clear: Nobody is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. But so far I think that we have made fewer mistakes in the championship fight,” taunts Verstappen in the direction of Mercedes. “I trust my team. Every time I pit, I know 99.9 percent that the pit stop will be great. It’s a very nice feeling.”
“I’m certainly not saying now that he makes mistakes”
A remark that after the botched pit stop by Valtteri Bottas in Monaco and the somewhat slow pit stop by Lewis Hamilton in Baku (because he just passed Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri while driving out) may drill in open wounds. Another sore point: that Hamilton made a rookie mistake in Baku for the second time after Imola.
“I’m certainly not saying that he makes mistakes because he’s under pressure,” says Verstappen. “Everyone gives their best. Me too. This year he doesn’t just have his team-mates as opponents, but he has to fight for the World Cup with another team. That always brings a new dimension into the game – and I think that’s great for sports!”
“We just have to keep pushing and bringing in new parts,” says Verstappen. He knows that when it comes to set-up, you will sometimes be reaching into the wrong pot. To learn from this, that is the decisive factor. “If we constantly adapt to the circumstances and learn from them, then I am sure that we will have a good season,” says the 23-year-old.
And it is precisely these details that will ultimately matter. After six of the 23 planned races, Verstappen is four points ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ standings. If he had won Baku according to plan, it would have been 14 points ahead. If Hamilton hadn’t made his mistake on the penultimate lap, he could also have a 21 point lead.
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