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British GP: Max Verstappen and Red Bull eye another Lewis Hamilton defeat, set sights on F1 Sprint debut
July 13, 2021
Max Verstappen, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey converse solely to Sky Sports activities Information forward of the British GP as title leaders Crimson Bull look to increase title leads; Watch all of the Silverstone motion – together with F1 Dash debut – dwell on Sky F1 this weekend
By Matt Morlidge
Final Up to date: 13/07/21 8:20pm
Max Verstappen speaks at size to Sky Sports activities’ Craig Slater forward of the British Grand Prix and tells him the title race is way from over regardless of his 32 level lead.
A usually assured Max Verstappen says he hopes to land one other blow to Lewis Hamilton by taking the utmost 29 factors at this weekend’s British GP, as Silverstone prepares to debut the all-new F1 Dash format.
However even when he wins each the Saturday and Sunday races this weekend, Verstappen, talking to Sky Sports activities Information in an unique interview, insists the title race will nonetheless be vast open regardless of the large benefit.
Verstappen heads to Silverstone this weekend with a 32-point lead over Hamilton, with the championship rivals set to do battle once more on the world champion’s dwelling turf – with the added twist of a schedule shake-up.
For the primary time within the sport’s historical past, a shorter race on a Saturday will set the grid for the primary occasion Grand Prix on the Sunday because the F1 Dash format will get lift-off on the Residence of British Motorsport.
“I am hoping after all to come back out of that race with 29 factors,” Verstappen instructed Sky Sports activities Information’ Craig Slater, eyeing the utmost complete which may be achieved by successful the Saturday race (three factors) and claiming the British GP victory on the Sunday with a quickest lap.
“I hope in racing perspective it is coming dwelling [to Holland],” the Dutchman cheekily added.
Crimson Bull Workforce Principal Christian Horner says the group are usually not taking Max Verstappen’s 32 level lead without any consideration as they head into the British Grand Prix weekend.
Whereas all the time assured, Verstappen is in an much more buoyant temper heading to Hamilton’s dwelling race after successful 4 of the final 5 races for Crimson Bull. And he is trying ahead to taking up Hamilton in entrance of a capability crowd.
“It is all the time nice to drive at Silverstone and see all of the followers there, particularly now after the robust occasions to see them again once more,” mentioned Verstappen. “To see them again once more might be an incredible ambiance.”
Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner can also be relishing one other Verstappen vs Hamilton conflict, as his younger driver takes on the seven-time champion, and seven-time Silverstone winner.
“I feel it’s pretty much as good because it will get, and with a brand new format this weekend,” mentioned Horner. “That is very a lot Lewis’ turf and he will have big dwelling assist, and it is a monitor he is dominated at through the years.
“It will be an actual take a look at for us however I am actually trying ahead to it. I feel Max is within the type of his life and the vehicles been performing rather well.”
Jenson Button expects Lewis Hamilton to be preventing Max Verstappen for the Drivers’ Championship later within the 12 months.
Verstappen, in the meantime, is taking nothing without any consideration within the championship battle regardless of Hamilton and Mercedes’ current struggles, and the actual fact he defeated them on the final monitor much like Silverstone, Paul Ricard for the French GP.
“It isn’t over,” Verstappen, focusing on his first title, acknowledged. “It is nonetheless a really lengthy season, we’re not even midway.
“In fact to this point we now have been doing an incredible job, however once more I feel Silverstone is one in every of these tracks the place they’ve all the time been actually good at.
“However once more, in France we now have been struggling there up to now and I feel we have been very aggressive there.”
Verstappen, who’s loving preventing Hamilton in related equipment for the primary time in his dazzling F1 profession, continued: “In fact I might like to have had [a title-contending car] six years earlier, however you can’t pressure these sorts of issues.
“It is advisable to even be fortunate typically to get into that place, and I am simply very comfortable that for the time being it seems to be like we now have a aggressive automobile.”
Newey on Crimson Bull’s ‘juggling act’ vs Mercedes
Verstappen additionally spoke concerning the title race being “all about bringing upgrades” – which Crimson Bull have actually impressed with in current races. The F1 title challengers have gained all 5 races since Mercedes’ final victory, bringing new, seemingly decisive, components to most Grands Prix.
It’s a technique Mercedes have admitted they’re veering away from because of the big guidelines overhaul quick approaching for 2022, with the world champions as a substitute sticking to a gentle replace plan. They’re bringing their first improve in lots of races to this weekend’s British GP.
It was a dramatic remaining lap for Lewis Hamilton on the 2020 British GP as he limped dwelling to victory with a puncture.
In a uncommon interview, Crimson Bull’s legendary Chief Technical Officer and aerodynamic guru Adrian Newey joined Verstappen to speak concerning the problem each seasons signify.
“It is such a troublesome juggling act in reality,” mentioned Newey. “The regulation change for subsequent 12 months is the most important one I might say since Venturi vehicles have been banned on the finish of 1982, so it is an enormous change and we have to place the hassle into that.
“However clearly we have an opportunity on the title so we have to maintain pushing and it is all about that juggling act.
“The others are pushing exhausting, we’re pushing, and we’re solely only a third of the season, there’s such an extended method to go.”
Crimson Bull are at present 44 factors away from Mercedes within the constructors’ standings.