Verstappen Reflects on Bahrain Race Speed: Unexpected Performance

Max Verstappen was surprised by his significant lead during the Bahrain GP and, despite winning his seventh consecutive race, believes there are areas for improvement, especially in qualifying, while anticipating a challenging race in Jeddah due to its different track layout.

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‣ Max Verstappen was surprised by his significant lead during the Bahrain GP, not expecting to be half a second ahead of the competition in long runs.

‣ Despite winning his seventh consecutive race, Verstappen believes there are areas for improvement, particularly in qualifying, to maintain their competitive edge.

‣ Looking forward to the Jeddah race, Verstappen anticipates a challenging race due to the different track layout and conditions, which might favor other teams.


Max Verstappen was genuinely taken aback. After the Bahrain GP, he admitted, “Didn’t see that coming.” The long runs by his rivals? Shocking, to say the least. He spilled this at the press meet, still processing the race.

In one lap, Verstappen left the competition eating dust, over half a second at times. “How did they manage their fuel, their long runs?” he wondered aloud. “We didn’t see this lead coming. Not by a long shot.” That win? His seventh in a row. Yet, he thought today was a tad better than expected.

Despite the victory lap, Verstappen’s not resting easy. “Qualifying was a nail-biter,” he confessed. “We’ve got room to grow, tweaks to make.” And that’s their game plan, looking ahead.

### Focus on Jeddah

Next up? Jeddah. A whole different beast. “It’s not Bahrain,” Verstappen pointed out. “Faster corners, different tarmac. Less wear and tear on the tires.” But, this might level the playing field. “It’s not necessarily in our favor,” he mused, bracing for a challenge.

Albert Ramirez
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