Valtteri Bottas was not caught but with a second place Max Verstappen takes the lead in the world championship standings, he is now six points ahead of Lewis Hamilton. So satisfied with the Dutchman: “It seemed that Valtteri had more speed, so I’m actually happy with second place.”
It turned out to be a rain race that wasn’t really a rain race. There was no real rain, but due to the high humidity the track hardly dried up. “It wasn’t easy today, the track was slippery but we had to manage the tyres. We couldn’t really push, Valtteri had more speed and seemed to be able to control the tires better. Then I’m still happy with that second place.”
Te Red Bull team cheer from the pit wall as Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, 2nd position, crosses the line during the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park on Sunday October 10, 2021, Turkey.
As mentioned, despite the wet conditions, the Turkish Grand Prix was not that epic wet race it might seem on paper. “I had a hard time staying awake!” joked Verstappen. “No, not that. But it was mainly about tire management, I was never really able to push to the maximum.”
Verstappen is not really worried about the score yet, even now that he is on top with six points. “It’s been exciting all year round. In Austin it will be another tough fight with Mercedes. We have to keep working hard, looking for small profits and then we’ll see where it will take us. In any case, the season has been very good so far.”