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2021 F1

Verstappen: Team told me to do wide run for gain lap time, so I did

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An epic battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton thrilled everyone at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The dominant Max, who was made a perfect pole position, was totally disappointed that inconsistent track limits rules.

Verstappen dominated all practice sessions, and he secured his fourth F1 career pole in Bahrain. The Red Bull ace take all control of the race from the initial stage but lost his initial lead when the Brit has undercut the Dutchman into the dominated after the early first pit stops.

After the second pit stop, Verstappen has resumed the battle with the 10 laps fresher tire. The Red Bull was able to attack Hamilton. Finally, Max overtook Lewis on Lap 53 but running too wide and giving the place back following the team’s instruction.

Max clearly reveals that during the post-race press conference, track limit rules at Bahrain were inconsistent and confusing. Race winner Lewis also admits that it was complicated and very confusing.

Post-Race Press Conference: – Question: (Scott Mitchell – The Race) Question to Lewis and Max: just on what happened at Turn 4. We’ve heard a couple of people – Christian Horner was just telling us that one of the frustrations was that the track limit was inconsistent – so it’s not necessarily an issue that Max, you have to give up the place again because those are the rules, but there were different rules at different stages. How did you view the track limits situation at Turn 4?

Verstappen: Well, throughout the race I was told that people were going wide so they told me to do the same because you do gain lap time doing it, so I did, and then at one point they told me not to do it any more. I don’t know. In qualifying it was not allowed, your lap time got deleted and so I don’t know how it got to the point where people were doing it without getting warnings but at the end of the day, when I was fighting Lewis, I went outside of the track limits, so I think quite quickly the race director was onto us to tell me to give the position back to him and that’s exactly what I did.

Hamilton: Yeah, I think it’s a difficult one. It was very confusing. Most tracks we’re not allowed to put four wheels outside the white line but this weekend on that particular corner we weren’t allowed to on Friday. In actual fact you could go two wheels outside the line but you can’t go past the blue and white kerb, but in the race you can, and that is what had been written so going into the race then you can…But it’s quite a different corner when you have to do one or the other in terms of approach, and it is faster when you can go out, but then whatever is the boundary when you are overtaking? You’re not allowed to overtake off track but halfway through the race, they basically changed their minds and all of a sudden you’re not allowed to go outside that white line, which is fine for me. It’s actually… I think it’s faster in the end for me, it helped me look after my tyres actually, so I’m grateful for the call and ultimately it meant that Max wasn’t able to overtake off track.

Q: (Abhishek Takle – Midday) Max, Lewis spoke earlier about how it’s a bit of an unknown how Mercedes and Red Bull will fare against each other on different circuits, so does today feel like a bit of a missed opportunity in that context?

Verstappen: Of course I’m disappointed, but in a way it’s a long season. We’ll have 22 more opportunities to do better.

Q: And Max, knowing the nature of Imola, the circuit we’re going to next, do you think that’ll suit your car?

Verstappen: It’s difficult to say to be honest. Quite a few things have changed, also the tyres. We go there at a different time of the year so I guess we’ll just find out by driving. I’m excited to go there, it’s a great track. We’ll see.

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Mercedes has been weird since Silverstone – Red Bull

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Mercedes Benz - 2021 Turkish GP

Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen leads the 2021 F1 world championship ahead of seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. But in the constructor’s championship Mercedes leads ahead of nearest rival Red Bull Racing. Mercedes decided some time ago to stop the development of this 2021 F1 car. The Silver-arrows now focus on 2022, when the regulation widely change.

But Mercedes have been doubted with the rival Red Bull asking a curious development in their F1 championship battle. In the first-half this season Red Bull shows the consistent pace, but recent some races Mercedes heavily improves their performance.

Red Bull F1 team advisor Helmut Marko claims that Mercedes have made great improvements by continuing to boost their speed. He also admitted the team put “more downforce on the rear wing” than Red Bull, but believes something has been “weird” with Toto Wolff’s men since British Grand Prix.

Marko told F1-Insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal.

“But something has been weird since Silverstone. So, it is now up to us to research why they are suddenly so fast. Is it just the engine or something else?

“We now have to workday and night to uncover its secret and then counter it. As quickly as possible. It is up to us.”

“If the differences in performance remain the same as in Istanbul, we will have a problem.

“Of the six racetracks, only the courses in Mexico and Sao Paulo play a part in our cards because of their altitude. At the moment the rest clearly seems to be Mercedes-Land.”

2021 F1 title is set to go to the wire – Toto Wolff

“I don’t think you can say that with absolute conviction,” Wolff said. “I believe we have a really good package now.

“The car is competitive and was very competitive [in Turkey] and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I think we would have had every chance to finish first and second.

“That would have meant eight points more but I’m looking carefully optimistic into the future.”

“Austin [for the United States Grand Prix] is a track we like and is another opportunity but I’m under no illusion this is very much going to go to the end in the drivers’ championship.”

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Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

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Drivers Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Points
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

Teams Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Team Points
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas0

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Slicks was obviously the wrong decision – Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel 2021 Turkish GP

Sebastian Vettel was the only driver tried to slick compound-race in the damp Istanbul Park circuit for Turkish Grand Prix. Following switch to medium compound the Aston Martin ace had zero grip and too much slower than any other driver.

Following the slick’s huge disadvantage four-time world champion returned to the pits, partial-spinning in the pit entry and then swapping back to the inters. After the incident the German has been takes all responsibility regarding the slick call.

“Together, but in the end I made the decision, I wanted to try it. There was nothing left of the intermediates, I thought the slicks could perform just as well, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip. I lost so much time…”, Vettel said to The Race.

“It was worse than I expected. Even if it was a little bit still here and there, or wet – like I said, the main thing is that I couldn’t run the tyre in and then you’re just sliding.”

“But at the time, I don’t know, I was already tempted for a few laps, the inters didn’t get any better. If you looked at the tires, there wasn’t much left of them. They looked like a slick. I think I had reason, but it was obviously the wrong decision”.

“On the inters there was nothing left, I thought the drys could be as good, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip, lost so much time, couldn’t make them work. It was worse than I expected”, the German concluded.

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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