Verstappen Wins Despite Red Bull Team Tension

Max Verstappen won the Bahrain Grand Prix and followed it up with a victory in Saudi Arabia, marking his first time winning the opening two rounds of an F1 season, and achieved his 100th podium in Formula 1, including 56 wins, despite the physical challenge of the Jeddah circuit.

Highlights

‣ Max Verstappen won the Bahrain Grand Prix and followed it up with a victory in Saudi Arabia, marking the first time he has won the opening two rounds of an F1 season.

‣ Verstappen achieved his 100th podium in Formula 1, including 56 wins, and described the weekend as fantastic for both him and his team.

‣ Despite a challenging last stint due to a longer than preferred duration on the tyres and dealing with back markers and cold tyres, Verstappen managed to maintain good pace and control over the race.

‣ The Jeddah circuit is known for its physical demand on drivers, particularly stressing their necks due to its anti-clockwise direction and the high G-forces experienced throughout the lap.


Max Verstappen? Oh, he absolutely nailed it at the Bahrain Grand Prix. And guess what? He did it again in Saudi Arabia. Just cruised past everyone, including his teammate Sergio Perez. It’s kinda wild, you know? It’s the first time he’s snagged the top spot in the first two rounds of an F1 season.

After crossing the finish line, someone dropped the news on Verstappen. He’s hit 100 podiums in Formula 1, with 56 of those being wins. “Overall, a fantastic weekend for the team and myself,” he said, probably with a grin. But then, he mentioned something about the last stint. It was longer than they’d hoped. Thanks to the safety car, they had no choice but to push through.

“So the last few laps,” he continued, “with the back markers and cold tyres, it was a bit slippery.” Despite the challenges, they managed. “You don’t really wanna do such a long stint on that tyre, but we had to.” He talked about the high-speed corners too. If the tyre isn’t just right, things get tricky.

Now, about the circuit in Jeddah. It’s notorious, really. Puts a ton of stress on the drivers’ necks. Verstappen didn’t shy away from admitting it was a tough race. “Early in the season, anti-clockwise, a lot of Gs throughout the lap,” he said, painting a vivid picture of the challenge. “It’s one of the most physical ones,” he concluded, probably while catching his breath.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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