Verstappen Jokes Staying Awake Was The Hardest Part Of The Turkish GP – WTF1
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Verstappen Jokes Staying Awake Was The Hardest Part Of The Turkish GP

It wasn’t quite the race everybody had hyped up in Turkey, was it? They can’t all be thrillers! Plus, let’s be honest, we’ve already been spoiled with some absolute crackers this year! Second-place finisher Max Verstappen also found it tedious, joking that the hardest part was staying awake! 

And we can’t really blame him. Max’s race didn’t really have too many exciting moments. For the most part, he was just hitting his marks and conserving his tyres. 

He had a small opportunity to close the gap to Valtteri Bottas ahead, but the Merc driver always had him covered, so it just became 58 laps of solo driving.

When he was interviewed straight after he got out of the car, Max said the most difficult phase of the race for him was to “stay awake!”

“It was just all about managing the tyres,” he said. “You were never pushing to make it to a certain amount of laps, and then you box for another set, but I’m happy to be on the podium.”

The weird track conditions with lots of humidity and a sort of misty drizzle meant the track never quite dried and was horrible for the intermediate tyres that were the only tyre that could be used but were far from perfect.

“Yeah I mean it was not easy today,” Max continued. “The track was very greasy, we just had to manage the tyres so we couldn’t really push and it seemed like Valtteri had a bit more pace and could look after the tyres a bit better as well. I’m of course still happy to finish second because in these conditions it’s easy to drop back. Overall very, very pleased.”

Max did the job he needed to do, he’s now six points clear at the top of the standings, still less than the difference between a win and second place! There’s six races to go, this one will go right to the very end!

“It’s been close the whole year,” he said. “I’m pretty sure in Austin it’ll be a good battle with Mercedes, so we just have to keep on pushing and trying to improve. We’ll see where we end up in the end. I think so far this season has been really good!”

2 thoughts on “Verstappen Jokes Staying Awake Was The Hardest Part Of The Turkish GP

  • This is still a thing with the Pirelli tyres. We want to see drivers pushing, and racing at a 100% of their abilities. Sure, some tyre management will always be part of racing, especially during tricky conditions. Nothing wrong there. I just wish it wasn’t the single deciding factor for what wins or loses a Formula 1 race.

    Do you agree? Will the new regulations make a difference? And what can be done to ensure drivers can really push their car to the limit for more on track action?

    • Wojciech "Haifisch7734" Ćwiek says:

      Don’t really think something will change, teams and drivers will always try to maximize stint and minimize pitstops. If they have to do minimum 1 tyre change in dry race, they will try do maximum 1 tyre change in this race. Pushing means tires wear out quicker, so more pitstops are needed. And pitstop usually costs a lot of time.
      Teams calculate if optimal for them is manage tires and do 1 pitstop, or to push and do 2+ pitstops. And the first one is better for them strategically usually.

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