The motorsport world watches in amazement as Dutch superstar, Max Verstappen, steadily inches closer to clinching his third world championship. However, the Red Bull racer expresses his befuddlement at the frequent fluctuations in the competitive pecking order trailing behind his team.
Fierce Competition or Changing Tides?
"I think it is because it's so close behind that if you get your car in a little bit of a better window, it works on one particular track," Verstappen elucidated, post his triumphant sweep at the British Grand Prix.
This marked his sixth consecutive victory and his eighth win in the season, solidifying his position at the helm of the competition. Yet, the 25-year-old driver voiced his confusion over the ever-changing ranks beneath Red Bull.
The perplexing scene has him guessing who might be hot on his heels at the forthcoming Hungary Grand Prix. "It's very confusing to me because every single race weekend, it's someone else," he said, emphasizing the volatility of the field.
Unwavering Dominance Amidst Shifting Sands
Despite the inconsistencies in the roster, the Dutch champion's stronghold remains unscathed. Verstappen reflected, "The stable factor so far is that every single weekend, it seems like we are on top, which of course is the most important from our side." Red Bull's relentless supremacy could be attributed to its tactical enhancements.
The team plans to implement upgrades for their vehicle at Hungary's race track, fueling expectations for another successful run. However, Verstappen remained cautious, acknowledging that the Hungarian track's distinctive features could present a new set of challenges.
"But again, Hungary is a completely different track, we will put some upgrades on the car there and hopefully they will work well," he added.
Shifting Focus, Staying Ahead
Red Bull's team principal, Christian Horner, views the chaotic grid order as an indirect advantage for his team. "It makes it easier in many respects.
It means that we just focus on ourselves and it's somebody else every weekend," he opined. Horner also alluded to the tyre's sensitivity and its role in the dynamic competition. He cited the introduction of a new tyre construction at Silverstone as an example of an element that could influence the ongoing skirmish.