Max Verstappen stated he had resorted to “good methods” in his pulsating duel for victory with Charles Leclerc on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The World Champion finally took the chequered flag half a second forward of Ferrari’s Leclerc to get his title defence up and operating after having to retire when operating second late within the Bahrain season opener.
Per week in the past, the previous boyhood karting rivals had waged an exciting battle for the lead which finally went Leclerc’s manner, and once more they went wheel-to-wheel over a number of laps with a bout of arduous however truthful racing.
Nonetheless, similar to in Bahrain, it was about figuring out when to be savvy when it comes to choosing up DRS, staying narrowly behind the opponent on the detection level to achieve a bonus for an overtaking alternative.
This was what Verstappen, in his post-race parc ferme interview, known as “good methods”.
“It was a extremely powerful however good race,” stated the Dutchman, who had began fourth on the grid behind his pole-sitting Crimson Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, the sufferer strategy-wise of a Security Automobile within the first half of the race to finish up ending fourth.
“We have been battling arduous on the entrance and we (Crimson Bull) simply tried to play the lengthy sport.
“They (Ferrari) have been actually fast by way of corners, we have been fast on the straight, however the tyres have been sporting out fairly fast round right here.
“You might see on the finish we had a bit extra tempo, so I simply tried to get by. It wasn’t simple, enjoying good methods within the final nook, however finally I managed to get forward.”
Even when Verstappen did lastly make a transfer for the lead stick on lap 47 of fifty, Leclerc’s problem didn’t go away and there was additionally the variable of yellow flags being waved within the closing phases after Alex Albon had pulled over following a collision with Lance Stroll.
“Even after that, he was consistently within the DRS after which with the yellow flags on the final lap, simply figuring out how a lot you need to elevate, whether or not it was allowed or not, it was powerful,” stated Verstappen, who additionally gave an perception into racing with the brand new 2022 vehicles reasonably than final 12 months’s fashions.
“It looks like when you get fairly shut, as a result of when the vehicles get inside half a second you’ll be able to even have a great exit. I believe that makes it much more tough to really do the go within the final nook in comparison with final 12 months, so it’s rather a lot more durable to plan your go.
“However I’m actually blissful we lastly kick-started the season.”