Max Verstappen put a lap on Lewis Hamilton throughout Sunday's Grand Prix at Imola as Pink Bull and Mercedes expertise contrasting fortunes early in 2022.
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Max Verstappen has commented that it “wasn’t actually a shock” to lap Lewis Hamilton through the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, provided that Mercedes “have been gradual all 12 months”.
Whereas Verstappen stormed to his second victory of the season at Imola, Hamilton spent the race caught within the midfield as he struggled to a Thirteenth-place end.
Such was the tempo distinction between Verstappen’s Pink Bull and Hamilton’s Mercedes, the Dutchman put a lap on his 2021 title rival within the closing phases.
Verstappen reacts to lapping Hamilton
Giving his response through the post-race press convention, Verstappen defined that he took little satisfaction from the event.
“I imply, they have been gradual all 12 months, so it is not likely a shock or [that] I really feel glad lapping Lewis in comparison with anybody else – it’s what it’s,” Verstappen informed media, together with RacingNews365.com.
Extra vital to Verstappen was that Pink Bull bounced again from a latest string of expensive retirements, which they did in superb model as teammate Sergio Perez adopted him dwelling for a 1-2 end.
“It is at all times powerful to realize one thing like that, however already
[on Saturday] and the day earlier than, we have been on it, and I believe it was trying
like a robust weekend,” he stated.
“As we speak, you by no means know with the climate how aggressive you are going
to be. However I believe as a group we did the whole lot effectively, and I believe this
1-2 could be very deserved.”
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Pink Bull group boss Christian Horner additionally disregarded the second Verstappen lapped Hamilton, as he made clear that the outfit have been concentrating on their very own race.
A wet-dry encounter at Imola noticed drivers swap from Intermediate tyres to slicks because the observe dried up, whereas Pink Bull reacted to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc swapping Mediums for Softs late on, as darkish clouds threatened.
“Lewis did not have an excellent weekend, however we have been very a lot targeted on our
race and simply making an attempt to extract the utmost factors,” stated Horner.
“It was clearly a type of issues, however at that time, we have been
trying on the clouds. Was the rain gonna are available in that final a part of the race or
not? We have been extra targeted on that.”