Max Verstappen has taken over the championship lead in Turkey, but this went very well. The Dutchman’s RB16B had to be inferior to the speed of Mercedes all weekend.
This raises questions about the performance of Red Bull Racing. Where the Zilverpijlen seem to have found some extras on the straight, the Austrian formation seems to have stopped for a while in terms of further development. This while the teams at the top of the midfield – Ferrari, AlphaTauri, McLaren – have taken another step forward.
Verstappen was second at Istanbul Park, with teammate Sergio Perez in P3. A good result that gave him a six-point lead over Lewis Hamilton. The fact is, however, that the Limburger was unable to match the pace of Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton was also considerably faster in terms of race pace, but only finished fifth due to a grid penalty and questionable strategy.
Problem with Verstappen car
“There was something wrong with Verstappen’s car,” says former Formula 1 team manager Peter Windsor in his new video analysis on YouTube. “If Perez is that much faster on the second set of tires and that much more confident, that suggests there was a big problem with Max’s car. He won’t be happy about that, although of course you’re happy to finish a wet race. without the dramas that that can entail.”
According to former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers, Red Bull Racing should even look back: “Red Bull has almost been overtaken by Alpha Tauri, their second team at certain times this weekend. I think they have to watch out that they don’t get into a fight with Ferrari. , McLaren and Alpine. Red Bull is one of the few teams that has not taken a step,” it said to NOS.