Max Verstappen is delighted with the convincing victory at the Styrian GP but warns that they cannot expect to easily repeat that result this weekend as everyone will learn from their mistakes and all the drivers will be closer than last weekend.
Verstappen won two consecutive pole positions and two consecutive victories for the first time in his F1 career, and for Red Bull, it was their fourth consecutive victory, for the first time since 2013 when Vettel won the last nine races of the championship.
Although the next race is on the same track, Verstappen believes that it will not be so easy for them because their rivals will learn from their mistakes and that we should see a more tense fight both in qualifying and in the race.
“Winning our home race last weekend was the result of the efforts of the whole team and we can be very happy with that,” Verstappen said. "But we can't expect to easily repeat that result this weekend.
People will learn from things they didn't do so well last week, and we'll have softer tire components that could shuffle the cards. ” "We had a very positive race, but there are still things we can do better and it's natural to expect everyone to be closer this weekend because that usually happens when you have consecutive races on the same track."
“As a team, we are focused on ourselves and I like that everyone is still pushing and wanting to improve, that is the essence of Formula 1." "It is very important to me to see that everyone is motivated and that they add performance, and for my part, I will continue to drive until maximum every weekend to try to stay ahead.
Perez's 200th F1 race
Perez will celebrate his 200th F1 race this weekend, and this year he recorded his second Formula 1 victory in Azerbaijan after achieving his first at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix at Racing Point.
“I can’t believe this is going to be my 200th race,” Perez said. "I'm really looking forward to racing in the same place as last weekend, I think it will give me a very good understanding of the car.
Now I have a very good reference from last weekend and I know in which areas I need to improve. ” “It will also be interesting to see how many tire components will change performance and strategy over the weekend.
I think we can be very good and it would be very special to be on the podium in our home race and secure more points for the team. ”.