Max Verstappen is very happy with his position at the front, which – somewhat surprisingly – was able to snatch it from Lewis Hamilton on Saturday. The Dutchman received great help from his colleague Sergio Perez.
First blow deserved by Thaler and Verstappen, just as the saying goes, Hamilton dealt a fierce first blow on Saturday with a qualifying win in Abu Dhabi. It was the 10th place of the season for the Dutch player, but the first since the US Grand Prix on October 23. Welcome batch to the Dutchman.
The progression to the best starting point was partly due to excellent teamwork from Perez, who gave Verstappen a so-called ‘drag’ in his first round, so that the Dutchman picked up speed by running. “It was very good, yes, very happy with it,” said Verstappen, who knows that performing such draws correctly is not easy. “Fortunately, it turned out very well. We talked to each other before qualifying. The team was a little nervous and asked if we wanted to train. We agreed we wanted to try it once and it worked,” Verstappen said in front of the camera at Ziggo Sports.
With the good news at hand, now is the time to shift the focus entirely toward that specific Sunday. The Dutchman had a different plan in terms of tires. “The plan was to start the average tomorrow. I had a really weird flat spot in that first corner, almost never before. On the other hand: It was good long runs at that. I hope it’s good too tomorrow,” he says. Verstappen. The Dutchman could crown himself for the first time as Formula 1 world champion tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.
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