Max Verstappen scored his sixth victory of the 2022 season within the Canadian Grand Prix final Sunday, opening up a 46-point lead on the prime of the drivers’ championship.
It marked Crimson Bull’s sixth win in a row and seventh within the 9 races thus far this 12 months, giving it a commanding lead on the prime of the constructors’ championship.
The turnaround for Verstappen’s fortunes has been speedy this 12 months. Following two DNFs within the first three races, he sat 45 factors behind Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, solely to get pleasure from a large swing within the interval since Australia.
Crimson Bull advisor Marko urged warning over Verstappen’s lead, noting “how shortly it might flip round” in F1, however was buoyed by the crew’s current kind and streak of victories.
“The primary factor is it’s a must to end and keep away from these reliability issues,” Marko informed Motorsport.com.
“We additionally had a dash race, which helped us loads to get extra factors.
“We have now an unbelievable run now, usually within the first half of the season we had been at all times catching up and now are dominating.
“You must say that should you win seven races out of the primary 9, that’s domination.”
The run of kind has seen Crimson Bull get pleasure from its finest begin to an F1 season since 2011, when Sebastian Vettel received six of the primary eight races en path to a dominant victory in each championships.
However there have nonetheless been some reliability issues for Crimson Bull by means of the early a part of the 12 months. Verstappen failed to complete in Bahrain and Australia resulting from a gas line difficulty, whereas team-mate Sergio Perez was sidelined early in Canada by a gearbox drawback.
“Reliability is at all times a priority when you’ve got a automobile that’s a lot on the restrict,” Marko stated.
“You see that at Ferrari. The one ones who don’t have a technical DNF but is Mercedes, however they needed to elevate throughout some races due to overheating issues.”
Crimson Bull is about to analyze what occurred to Perez’s gearbox in Canada, however crew principal Christian Horner stated that it “seemed like a gearbox failure”.
“It was definitely one thing within the driveline, the engine appears high quality,” Horner stated. “So till we get it again, it’s tough to say. However it’s a suspected gearbox.”