If you look at the vocabulary of the word “dominion”, there could easily be a slide of the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen was the real star of the race – and of the weekend – going to seize his fifteenth in an imperious way. career success, the fifth in the nine races so far disputed this season.
And Max can show all his joy once he gets to the parc fermé. “I’m surprised how the race went, I didn’t expect to win like that either. The car was unreal with every set of tires, it was a pleasure to drive it. It was an incredible job on everyone’s part, a performance like this is extraordinary “.
For Verstappen it is the second success in a row at the Red Bull Ring, which replicates what they saw last week. Max knows very well that, however, it is one thing to be the favorites on the eve and another to turn the prediction into reality. “The first weekend they gave us all favorites, but it wasn’t easy to prove it. We have to take off our hats in front of the team, the package they brought for these two weeks was simply spectacular.”
The keystone of the race was seen immediately in the first moments after the red lights went out, when Max managed to keep direct competition at bay. “At the start and at the restart I managed to create a good advantage over Lando Norris, I knew that if I had resisted the first lap I would have had the opportunity to do my race and that’s how it went.”
For the Austrian Grand Prix there was a real invasion by the public who, thanks to being a home race for Red Bull, filled the stands as much as the hills, flooding the stands with a bright orange, clear and clear sign of pro-Verstappen cheering. “Really, it’s crazy to hear and see all these fans: the return lap was an incredible thing, I saw all this orange and these smoke bombs on, thank you all for coming”.
Verstappen now has a margin of some weight on Lewis Hamilton, his great rival from a world perspective: there are 32 points that separate the duelists. The next race will be held at Silverstone, with – paradoxically – both Hamilton and Verstappen winners of one of the two rounds of the 2020 season held on the English track.