Max Verstappen says he is looking forward to returning to France this weekend. However, the Dutchman describes the circuit Paul Rijkaard as “a bit strange” on a certain level. In addition, Verstappen expects Mercedes to be strong again in France after two worse weekends.
In Monaco and Azerbaijan, Mercedes clearly suffered. At the Monte Carlo Street Circuit, only Valtteri Bottas was fast, but retired early due to the dramatic hiatus. In the last race on the Baku city circuit, Hamilton took the lead, while Bottas didn’t go further than 12th. However, at the beginning of the second half, Hamilton hit the ball directly into the first corner, as a result of which he also scored zero points in Baku. On the other hand, Verstappen had a better performance on the street circuits. In Monaco, the 23-year-old was on top and won the race and also in Azerbaijan he looked on his way to a certain victory. He saw the win slip through his fingers with a blast, but it’s clear Red Bull Racing has had better things in the last two races than Mercedes, the main contender in the battle for the constructors’ world title.
“I’m sure Mercedes is quick”
Despite the DNF in Baku, Verstappen starts the race weekend in France with confidence, although he is convinced the competition will be fierce. “I feel good, but I’m sure Mercedes will be very strong again on the ‘normal’ tracks, so we have to keep pushing and keep getting better until the end because it’s not good enough. So far, the season is completely over okay for us, but we shouldn’t We forget that there are still many races, “The Red Bull driver is realistic Verstappen.com.
Verstappen at Paul Ricard
This weekend Verstappen could be banned again at the French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard. “It’s a fast track. There are some fast corners at the end of the lap and you also have to be very careful about tire deterioration. There are a lot of big run-off areas, so sometimes it’s a little bit weird because there’s a lot of space, which is of course very different from Dariti The street is where we just were,” said Limberger, who wants to sit back in his RB16B. “I look forward to returning to Paul Ricard and hope to rise to the top of the podium.”