Popping out on prime in his late-race battle with Charles Leclerc, Helmut Marko says Max Verstappen is “price” each penny of his new £40million-per-year contract.
The reigning World Champion acquired his title defence up and operating in Saudi Arabia, claiming the grand prix victory forward of Leclerc.
The 2, who additionally fought for the lead in Bahrain earlier than Verstappen was pressured to retire, as soon as once more went wheel-to-wheel with the lead altering arms a number of instances.
However not like in Bahrain the place Leclerc acquired the higher of Verstappen, this time it was the reigning World Champion who gained the battle.
Marko was delighted.
“We succeeded with an exquisite go,” he informed Servus TV. “That’s Max. We all know that he’s costly, however he’s price it.”
It was, nonetheless, initially the opposite Crimson Bull who was main the grand prix.
Sergio Perez began on pole place and held the lead by means of to his first pit cease, relinquishing it as Ferrari bluffed Crimson Bull into believing Leclerc, P2 on the time, was about to cease.
Crimson Bull introduced Perez to keep away from the undercut, Ferrari did the other, and the Security Automotive got here out the very subsequent lap, ruining Perez’s race as Leclerc, Verstappen and Carlos Sainz all acquired free pit stops.
“The Security Automotive was not optimum for us,” Marko admitted. “We misplaced a podium place with Perez and we might have favored to have put in an undercut with Max as a result of his tyres have been worn.
“After that we noticed on the laborious tyre that the tyre put on was not almost as excessive as anticipated. That’s the reason we stated to Max ‘now you can assault full’.”
And full assault is what he went.
The Dutchman chased down Leclerc and made his transfer just for the Ferrari driver to come back again at him with the assistance of DRS.
The second assault noticed each drivers lock up whereas the third, effectively that was the cash one.
“Because of our increased prime pace, we managed to overhaul the Ferrari, though it nonetheless occurred with an unimaginable manoeuvre,” Marko stated.
“We form of anticipated the race to go on this route. With Max within the automobile, you may depend on him to complete the job.”