Mika Hakkinen has been reflecting on the differing fortunes of Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen within the Australian Grand Prix.
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Mika Hakkinen has voiced his issues for Max Verstappen’s championship prospects after the Dutchman suffered one other mechanical failure within the Australian Grand Prix.
Verstappen recorded his second DNF of the season when he was pressured to drag to the facet of the observe on Lap 39 of 58.
In the meantime, it was a easy drive to victory for Charles Leclerc, who has now prolonged his lead on the high of the World Championship standings to 34 factors forward of George Russell in second.
Hakkinen admits that the Ferrari driver was in an excellent state of affairs, with the automotive performing simply as he needed it to.
“There may be a lot to remove from this race,” Hakkinen wrote in his column for Unibet.
“Charles Leclerc was in full management and stated afterwards that the automotive felt actually sturdy, utilizing its tyres effectively and giving him a very constant efficiency.
“That is what any high driver desires – a automotive that is fast from the begin to end and responding to all of your inputs.”
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Leclerc is clearly in an excellent place as he continues to mount his title problem, however Hakkinen acknowledges that the identical can’t be stated for Verstappen.
The Finn admits that Pink Bull’s current reliability woes aren’t acceptable when combating for a World Championship.
“What’s necessary is that Charles has taken two wins and a second place from these first three Grands Prix, whereas Max Verstappen has had one win and two non-finishes,” Hakkinen commented.
“At this stage you can not afford to have fixed technical failures. Max won’t be completely happy.”
Verstappen has labelled his retirement in Melbourne as “fairly irritating and unacceptable.”
His teammate Sergio Perez – who, together with Verstappen, recorded a DNF on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix as a consequence of a mechanical situation – has additionally admitted that the Milton Keynes-based outfit “bought just a few issues fairly unsuitable, essentially” in Melbourne.
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