If Red Bull seemed to see a single-seater slightly faster than Ferrari in Miami, especially on the straights, former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard wants to highlight the importance of Max Verstappen in this success.
After missing a good part of the day on Friday due to several mechanical problems on his RB18, the Dutchman qualified third and got the better of Carlos Sainz from the start, before passing Charles Leclerc later in the race and keeping head to the finish.
« I don’t think there are big differences between these two cars, which is fantastic considering they were designed in two different places, » Coulthard commented.
« I think that every weekend, tire management is a decisive factor. »
« Checo Perez was close to Max on the track, but he couldn’t get the last hundredths like Max does, so there’s a ‘Max factor’. »
« It’s not that simple to say that Red Bull has the fastest car. »
After the safety car passed, Verstappen lost his lead over Leclerc but resisted the Ferrari until the checkered flag despite the DRS.
And it was ultimately by resisting this pressure that the reigning world champion impressed Coulthard the most.
« The pressure that was being put on Max at that time is hard to put on a scale. »
« And after the race both riders were sweaty after a very tough test, it was great to see. »
« I think Max really rode like the world champion he is. If Max had been younger, Charles probably would have passed him. »