Max Verstappen hopes that his failure in the sprint qualifying race will come to an end at the Grand Prix in Brazil because he now needs a very good result due to the fight for the title. The Dutchman had a good performance in this new experiment at both Silverstone and Monza but had to give up the next day after an incident with Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton and Verstappen collided after each sprint qualifying race (main race) held so far. As a result, the Red Bull driver is hoping for a clean race on Sunday on a track where he already knows what it’s like to win.
During the last visit to Interlagos, things went well for the Austrian team - pole position and victory. But the Dutch driver doesn’t take anything for granted at the Brazilian GP. "It is difficult to know how competitive we will be in Brazil.
In the 2019 season, we won the race, but we fought hard against Mercedes all the time, and I expect something similar this year." "We also need to see what the weather forecast will be like because it can affect performance at some point, ”explains Verstappen.
“This is a qualifying sprint weekend. The last two times I did well in the sprint qualifiers, but then I had bad results. I will try to turn it around this time, ”he insists. Verstappen won his ninth victory of the season in Mexico in a race he dominated from start to finish after overtaking both Mercedes drivers at the start.
The Dutchman knew that his car was the best at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and he used that for another triumph. "The victory in Mexico was very good because things could not have gone better for the team.
It was great to have Checo on the podium next to me, and that’s what we want." "We didn’t expect the qualifiers to go like this, but we knew the car would be good in the race. We had an advantage in pace and I was able to use it until the last lap, ”he added.
Verstappen’s win and Sergio Perez’s third place brought Red Bull closer to just one point behind Mercedes in the constructors ’championship. It would be very important for the Austrian team to win both titles, but they will have to sweat well to achieve double success.
"It would mean a lot to the team to win the construction championship. We were working on winning both titles, so it was amazing to win so many points in Mexico. Checo has been on fire in the last few races and now we are going race by race. We must keep up the pressure, ”concluded Verstappen.