07/17/2021 at 9:23 PM CEST
Max verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the Formula One World Championship, who won the first sprint qualifying in history, at the home of the sevenfold English world champion Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) and will start first this Sunday in the British Grand Prix, declared this Saturday at Silverstone that “it is curious to add such a ‘pole’, but” that they will take it.
“It was a lot of fun. Of course, I am happy to score the three points and it is quite curious to have achieved a ‘pole’ also through the race, but we will take it”explained Verstappen, 23, who now commands the World Cup with 33 points (185 to 152) over Hamilton.
“It’s difficult to overtake here, but we had a good start and a good fight with Lewis (Hamilton) on the first lap,” commented the young Dutch star.
“From then on we tried to keep our own pace, but we pushed each other hard until the end as you could see the tires were blistered, something we all had to manage,” Verstappen said after signing his eighth ‘pole’ in Formula One, the fifth of the year and the fourth in a row.
“By starting the race with less fuel, we could really squeeze the cars hard into the fast corners, lap after lap, which means it’s hard on the tires, but it’s something that is the same for everyone,” he said.
“Now we cannot touch the cars for tomorrow and today we saw again that it is very tight again between us and Mercedes”, said the World Cup leader, who this Sunday will look from pole position for his sixth victory of the season, which would be his sixteenth since racing in F1.
“It seems that we are very fast in the corners and they are faster on the straights, so tomorrow will be a really exciting battle and I have to say that the team did a great job managing the new qualifying format during this weekend.” , he pointed.
“I also want to thank the fans. I know they are here mainly because of the British drivers, but it’s still great to see them here cheering,” he said.
“All I want is a good fight with Lewis (Hamilton) and everyone else who should keep the spectators entertained,” Verstappen said this Saturday at Silverstone, where last year he won the second of the two races, dubbed the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, commemorating the first race in the entire history of F1, which took place on that stage.