Formula 1 – Red Bull and Max Verstappen laugh after sprint race: “Ferrari gave us easy leadership”

The statement comes from Helmut Marko a little mockingly. The Red Bull Racing special adviser gave a fair summary of the Austrian Grand Prix sprint race, which saw its driver Max Verstappen lead the 23 laps on Saturday without having to worry about Ferraris, apart of the first loop. Because their drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, spent the first seven laps attacking non-stop. And when his disagreement was settled, the impact of the RB18 with the number 1 had been on its heels for some time.

The start was a bit critical, but it was finethe 79-year-old team’s special adviser told the ORF. Then the Ferraris closed in the two long straights. Thank God they fought among themselves and gave Max an easy two second advantage. We just managed it. We accept it with gratitude!

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It was easy, and the main stakeholder didn’t have to add much to his post-race speech. “It feels good to take home the Sprint victory here at the Red Bull Ringsaid the world number 1, now 38 points ahead of his teammate Sergio Pérez, fifth, and 44 ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), second. The first two laps were important to me to make a difference. From there it was a matter of keeping pace. “

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“The Sprint race, of course, doesn’t give the full picture before the race, but in terms of pace, it’s very close between us and Ferrari.he observed. I still hope it’s an uphill battle, we’ll also have the ‘hard’ tires, so it will be interesting to see how they work during the race. It will be very important to make good strategic decisions. “

Sanctioned by the loss of his lap times in Q3 and the benefit of his last lap in Q2, by an off-court banned by the FIA, Sergio Pérez overtook seven competitors to return to the top 5 (Alonso did not start), including four. in the first round. All this in 23 rounds. “It was a good race and a good comeback!“Czech” reacted. He started well and stayed out of trouble, it was tricky with Lewis [Hamilton] and a lot of people elbow to elbow on lap 3. We made the most of this sprint. “

Max Verstappen during the speed race of the Austrian Grand Prix

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“It will be a fascinating race”

“Once I overcame them all, George Russell was a bit far to catch up, I would have liked to go back to P4, but I will be able to fight from the fifth position.added. There are lessons we can learn from the Sprint race to make sure we get on the podium on Sunday. It will take patience.

“The penalty was hard for Checo, but he made an amazing first lapstressed Christian Horner, the director of the Red Bull team. P5 is just a place beyond what we thought possible. It will be a fascinating race: the Ferraris are fast, so we will need another good start, a good first lap and a downhill. The support we’ve had here in Austria in the Red Bull Ring has been amazing, for the team and for Max in particular from the orange army. The fans from all over the world have been fantastic, but it’s great to run at home and prepare us for an exciting race. “

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