Red Bull to keep Verstappen ‘in a bubble’ in F1 home race

Red Bull to keep Verstappen ‘in a bubble’ in F1 home race
Red Bull to keep Verstappen ‘in a bubble’ in F1 home race

In 2021, Verstappen arrived at his first Dutch GP trailing world championship leader Lewis Hamilton by three points as their tense battle for the title continued to escalate.

This time the situation is very different, with Verstappen currently 93 points clear of team-mate Sergio Perez and 98 ahead of Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc.

Despite the seemingly comfortable cushion on which Leclerc Horner says neither the team nor its driver can afford to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

“I think you have to keep the pressure on because as soon as you don’t you start making mistakes,” he said when asked by Motorsport.com if Verstappen could enjoy this weekend more. than last year.

“We will therefore approach Zandvoort in exactly the same discipline that we have practiced at each Grand Prix so far this year, and there are no additional activities for Max, compared to a Grand Prix weekend. standard price.

“Of course there will be a lot of noise around the circuit, but we will try to keep it in a bubble, obviously within the team, and we will try to manage expectations.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 and Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

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He added: “Obviously there is going to be huge expectation for Max as he comes back out there as world champion, with the number one on the car. We saw the atmosphere last year, and I think it will only intensify again this year.” year.”

Despite the good lead over Leclerc, almost the equivalent of four race wins with just eight rounds to go, Horner played down Toto Wolff’s suggestion that Verstappen would secure the title early.

“I think as far as the league tables go, they look really healthy,” Horner said. “But things can change very, very quickly.

“We saw it – I think we were 46 points behind when we left Australia, and in a few races we managed to turn things around.

“So our prerogative is on every race, one at a time and the championship tables will take care of themselves. So we just want to keep that momentum going.”

Horner insisted Verstappen was driving even better in 2022 than he was when he won his first title last season.

He said: “I think Max, since winning that championship last year, has taken another step. It freed him in so many ways and he rides at an incredible level.

“I think, given his age and experience, what we’re seeing right now is exactly that, you’re witnessing a driver who is one with a car and who’s in a purple zone absolute of his career.”

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