IMOLA, Italy: Max Verstappen’s dominant Imola weekend supplied a near-perfect bounce back from distress in Melbourne, with Red Bull assured they’re absolutely firing once more within the Formula One battle with leaders Ferrari.
World champion Verstappen, who needed to retire in Australia two weeks in the past, couldn’t have taken a much bigger haul from the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix with pole and victories within the Saturday dash and Sunday’s race plus quickest lap.
Mexican workforce mate Sergio Perez completed third on Saturday and second on Sunday to go away Red Bull solely a degree in need of the utmost 59 and the title battle trying much more two dimensional.
“It was just the rebound we needed,” workforce boss Christian Horner informed reporters after a end result that left Verstappen 27 factors adrift of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who spun and completed sixth.
Verstappen had been 46 behind after his retirement from second place in Australia attributable to a gasoline system downside.
“We attacked the weekend from the word go and both drivers have been unbelievable. Both Max and Checo (Perez) have driven brilliantly this weekend,” mentioned Horner.
“After the frustration of Australia to come back back with a end result like that right here at Imola was certainly one of our best ever outcomes.
“You can never say never but I think obviously its demonstrated that we’ve managed to get on top of the issue from Australia.”
The win meant Verstappen and Leclerc, additionally 24, every have two wins from the primary 4 rounds of a report 23-race season and are the clear contenders standing out from the remaining.
The Ferrari driver stays nicely forward, nevertheless, as a result of Verstappen has additionally had two retirements attributable to mechanical points.
“It’s so early in the championship there’s going to be swings and roundabouts, but obviously the DNFs (non-finishes) have been costly,” mentioned Horner.
“We’ve executed it in each championship tables so we’ll take that out of this weekend and try to construct on it in Miami at a brand new circuit in a few weeks’ time.
“Ferrari have got a great car and great drivers. They’ve been unlucky at this race, but for sure they are going to be super-competitive in two weeks’ time. I think it will be like that for the whole season.”
Leclerc spun whereas chasing Perez for second, testimony to the Mexican’s key defensive function, whereas his Spanish workforce mate Carlos Sainz was hit from behind by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap and retired.
Source : channelnewsasia.com