Max Verstappen admits beating Charles Leclerc ‘a big task’ after ‘terrible’ Australian GP

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MAX VERSTAPPEN feels he may wrestle to maintain up with Charles Leclerc within the race for the world championship.

Max Verstappen admits beating Charles Leclerc 'a big task' after 'terrible' Australian GP

Max Verstappen feels he’ll wrestle to beat Charles Leclerc (Picture: GETTY)

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Max Verstappen has ominously conceded that beating Charles Leclerc to the Formulation One Drivers’ World Championship might be too robust a activity this season. The Pink Bull star suffered a ‘horrible’ Australian Grand Prix efficiency and retired for the second time in 2022. 

Reigning world champion Verstappen appeared to have overcome the gasoline pump situation that noticed him retire on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix when he received two weeks later in Saudi Arabia. Nonetheless, the Dutchman was pressured to cease his automotive with 20 laps remaining in Australia, claiming he may odor a “bizarre fluid” earlier than flames emerged from his automobile.

Ferrari driver Leclerc raced away to win his second Grand Prix of the yr. Verstappen believes it’s going to be a ‘huge ask’ for Pink Bull to be quicker than the Monacan as a result of he feels he encounters too many issues. 

“We’re already up to now down within the championship that from now onwards mainly you first must be quicker than them (Ferrari), which we’re not, and nil issues with the automotive which we additionally haven’t got,” Verstappen stated. 

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Max Verstappen admits beating Charles Leclerc 'a big task' after 'terrible' Australian GP

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc received the Australian Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)

“So it’ll be a giant activity. It was only a horrible race, simply no tempo. I could not push as a result of the tyres have been simply getting destroyed.”

Verstappen’s Pink Bull team-mate Sergio Perez completed behind Leclerc, selecting up 18 factors for the workforce. Perez was heard on the workforce radio ensuring he wouldn’t expertise the identical points as Verstappen along with his personal automotive. 

Verstappen has additionally been sad along with his tyres this season and stated he struggles to search out any pace. He damningly referred to as his race ‘unacceptable’ in an indignant post-race interview.

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He advised Sky Sports activities after the race: “At the moment usually was only a dangerous day once more. Probably not having the tempo, I used to be simply managing my tyres to try to simply carry it to the top as a result of it seemed like fairly a simple P2 anyway and I knew I couldn’t struggle Charles, so there was no level in making an attempt to place stress on him. However we didn’t even end the race so it’s fairly irritating and unacceptable.

“I knew there was an issue so it was at all times going to be a query mark of ending the race. However these sort of issues, if you wish to struggle for the title, can not occur.”

Pink Bull have two weeks to repair their issues. The season’s subsequent assembly is the Imola Grand Prix, which is about to happen on April 24. 

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