The Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), which further strengthened its leadership in the Formula One World Cup by winning this Sunday the Austrian Grand Prix, the ninth of the year, He stated at the Spielberg circuit that it was “crazy” and that “everything” was “on rails”.
Verstappen, 23 years old, achieved his fifteenth triumph in F1, the fifth of the year – third in a row – by signing his first ‘Grand Chelem’ in the premier class: winning starting from pole position, leading the race from start to finish and setting the fastest lap in the race.
“Everyone has done a great job because they entered the weekend as a favorite, but to confirm it we had to do what we did “, explained the young Dutch star, who increased to 32 points (182 against 150) the points with which he leads the sevenfold English world champion Lewis hamilton (Mercedes), who did not pass the fourth this Sunday at the Red Bull Ring.
“Everything has been crazy, seeing so many orange fans supporting me here. They are a great motivation for me and I am very grateful to them for coming here to give me their support “, explained Verstappen after repeating his triumph in Austria and scoring a full of victories in the ‘triptych’ that had started with the French Grand Prix, in Paul Ricard.
“We were even better than last week, because the car was really crazy. It was always fantastic, with any tire. I can’t explain it to myself, how everything went so damn well“, he opined.
“We were favorites, but that is not at all easy to translate and turn it into reality; it has been a great team effort,” stressed ‘Mad Max’, who on Saturday had achieved his seventh ‘pole’ since racing in F1.
“After the re-start (once the safety car left the track that entered when leaving the track and leaving the Frenchman Esteban Ocon, partner of the Spanish Fernando Alonso in Alpine) I was able to do my own race,” he explained.
“It has been wonderful, winning again with so many public and before that great orange tide“declared the World Cup leader after scoring in Austria, on his team’s circuit, his fifth victory of the season.