Max hoping for ‘straightforward’ weekend at Imola

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Max hoping for ‘straightforward’ weekend at Imola

Max Verstappen says he hopes to have a “easy weekend” at Imola after an eventful begin to his 2022 season.

Within the opening three races of his title defence, the Dutchman has retired twice and received as soon as. He’s at present the one driver on the grid who has proven he’s able to difficult Charles Leclerc for tempo, however any extra DNFs and the Ferrari might quickly disappear over the horizon.

Whereas Verstappen himself has stated he isn’t even serious about the title following his season’s begin, Helmut Marko has predicted the calmness of the motive force might quickly evaporate if Crimson Bull can’t resolve their reliability points.

Looking forward to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Verstappen stated he hoped for a “easy weekend”.

“The workforce trackside and again on the manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes are working extremely onerous. Hopefully we’ll have an easy weekend and that we rating some good factors as a workforce,” the reigning World Champion stated.

“For now, we are going to take it race by race and we’ll see the place we find yourself.”

The 24-year-old can have fond recollections of the Imola circuit having received there final season – his first victory in what turned out to be a Championship-winning marketing campaign.

“I’m wanting ahead to racing once more this weekend at Imola,” he stated.

“That is clearly the primary dash race of the 12 months, so it’s necessary to benefit from the primary observe session so we have now a very good understanding of the place the set-up must be for qualifying on Friday.”

His team-mate, Sergio Perez, additionally stated he was “wanting ahead to getting again within the automobile”.

“It was a blended few days in Australia for the workforce, however for me I managed one other constant weekend after my pole place and fourth place in Jeddah,” the Mexican stated.

“I’m happy with how I’ve been performing thus far and getting on the rostrum for the primary time this season in Melbourne was a step in the suitable course. However I received’t cease there – I would like and need to be there weekly for the workforce and for myself.

“We return to the dash format this weekend and I will likely be aiming to choose up essentially the most factors doable. That each one comes from a very good qualifying efficiency on Friday and I hope to hook it up once more in Italy.

“It seems to be prefer it might rain this weekend, so that can play an element and I need to study from the efficiency I had at Imola within the moist final season and proceed to enhance in all areas.”



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