MAX VERSTAPPEN has minimize Charles Leclerc’s Championship result in 19 factors after back-to-back race wins in Imola and Miami.
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Max Verstappen will probably be gunning for 3 F1 wins in a row for simply the second time in his profession when he takes to the beginning grid in Barcelona this weekend. Regardless of mendacity second general within the drivers’ championship, the reigning world champion is undoubtedly the present man to beat after dominant wins in each Imola and Miami.
After a faltering begin to the season, when Pink Bull have been hit by reliability points, the staff has recovered and, following his successive victories, the Dutchman has minimize Charles Leclerc’s result in 19 factors after 5 of this yr’s 22 races. And this week he’ll return to the venue of his first F1 win in 2016, when the then 18-year-old capitalised on early collision between Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
He has solely as soon as earlier than delivered three straight wins – ultimately yr’s French, Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix, a run that gave him title-winning momentum, albeit that the latter two races have been each held on the staff’s residence Pink Bull Ring circuit. And having returned residence after America for a short break, the younger star has cited the necessity to proceed his momentum in Spain.
“I’ve a whole lot of good reminiscences at this observe from my first win, after I was 18,” he informed France24. “Hopefully, we are able to maintain the momentum we have now constructed up in the previous few races and have a clear begin to the weekend.”
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Max Verstappen is searching for three race wins in a row (Picture: GETTY)
Ferrari are reportedly bringing upgrades to Barcelona as they bid to recapture the tempo which noticed Leclerc notch wins in two of the opening three races, however it’s not a prospect that Verstappen seems involved about: “We had an unimaginable week in Miami,” he added. “I’ve had a while to relaxation with my household since then and now I am trying ahead to driving once more.”
In a brand new period for the game, with model new rules launched with the goal of constructing racing extra aggressive, Pink Bull and Ferrari have proved the clear front-runners. Within the constructors’ championship, it is the Scuderia who maintain a slender lead over their rivals with simply six factors between the 2.
Max Verstappen has minimize Charles Leclerc’s result in 19 factors (Picture: GETTY)
However Verstappen has beforehand insisted he is comfortable to play ‘the hunter’ for now, having already trimmed Leclerc’s lead down from 34 factors after the race in Australia. He has in contrast the state of affairs to the 2021 title run-in, the place it was Hamilton who was chasing him down.
“I just like the place I am in in the meanwhile, understanding that the automotive is fast,” he mentioned. “And, for instance, on the finish of final yr, after all, I used to be the one who was being hunted. That was really not an important place as a result of I knew that we did not have the tempo anymore. I knew it was going to be very tough to the top.”