Verstappen’s Pace Loss: Was Pre-Existing Damage the Cause?

Despite initial success, Red Bull Racing faced challenges in Miami, with Lando Norris showing more pace in the Grand Prix and Max Verstappen dismissing the impact of a collision and the relevance of hypothetical scenarios regarding race outcomes.


‣ Despite initial success, Red Bull Racing faced challenges in Miami, with Lando Norris showing more pace in the Grand Prix, raising questions about the impact of a safety car and damage to Max Verstappen’s car.

‣ Verstappen experienced a collision that may have damaged his car’s floor, but he reported no immediate impact on his race pace, leaving uncertainty about the extent of the damage.

‣ Norris acknowledged that winning the race without the advantage of a free pit stop during the safety car period would have been difficult, highlighting the competitive challenges from other drivers.

‣ Both Verstappen and Norris expressed a dismissive attitude towards speculative ‘what if’ scenarios, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of racing and the importance of dealing with circumstances as they arise.

Oh, Miami. The sun, the speed, the drama. Red Bull Racing came in hot, all revved up from qualifying and the sprint race. But, as fate would have it, it wasn’t their weekend to shine. Lando Norris, on the other hand? The guy was on fire during the Grand Prix. But here’s the million-dollar question: could he have snagged the win without the safety car shaking things up?

And then there’s Max Verstappen. Poor guy had a bit of a tussle with a bollard at turn 15. Smacked right into it. Could’ve sworn he damaged the floor of his RB20. But Max? He was all, “It felt the same, so, I dunno. Maybe it was already busted.” Talk about a shrug-off.

Verstappen’s ‘What If…’ Aversion

When prodded about whether Norris could’ve clinched the race without that handy safety car pit stop, Norris himself wasn’t too sure. “Tough call,” he said. “Had to get past two Ferraris and Red Bull. And Oscar? The guy was acing it. Hats off to him.” Even after a collision sent his teammate tumbling down the ranks.

Verstappen, ever the straight shooter, isn’t one for dwelling on hypotheticals. He quipped, “I mean, if, if, if, right. If my mom had balls, she’d be my dad.” Got to love his humor. “That’s racing. Sometimes you win; sometimes you don’t.” And just like that, he summed up the unpredictable thrill of racing, with a laugh no less.

So, there you have it. A weekend of what could’ve beens and what ifs, wrapped up with a dash of humor and a shrug. Racing, eh? Never a dull moment.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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