Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve gave a tongue-in-cheek but weird evaluation of Verstappen’s performances on the Canadian Grand Prix, the place he prevented the Wall of Champions to win
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Max Verstappen has been instructed he isn’t a “true champion” of Formulation 1 – as a result of he didn’t crash on the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman received the race in Montreal, keeping off a late problem from Carlos Sainz to take the chequered flag. He prevented crashing on the Wall of Champions – provided that identify as title-winners have a behavior of hitting the wall on the last nook – although he did brush towards it in observe.
Jacques Villeneuve is a type of who has earlier with Flip 14, having crashed there on two events. Talking as a visitor on the F1 Nation podcast, he stated he was “disenchanted” that the Purple Bull racer didn’t add his identify to the checklist of champions who’ve crashed at that last nook.
“You’re solely a real champion should you hit that wall,” stated the 1997 title winner with a chuckle. “I imply, I began it – hit it twice – Michael did it, Damon hit it, Jenson hit it as properly. I do not suppose Max hit it – he must hit the wall first.”
Following the race, Verstappen was happy to increase his championship result in 46 factors over team-mate Sergio Perez regardless of the late incident which threatened his victory. “The security automotive did not assist,” he stated as he assessed how the race had gone.
“I feel, general, they had been very fast within the race, so it could have been actually robust for me to shut that hole to the tip, even on brisker tyres. However yeah, it was actually thrilling on the finish. I imply, I used to be giving it every part I had.
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“In fact, Carlos was doing the identical. You realize, following is difficult round right here. I might see he was pushing, charging, pushing. However in fact, naturally while you’re underneath DRS it’s kind of simpler to cost. So yeah, the previous few laps are a variety of enjoyable.
“Fortunately this yr we appear fairly fast on the straight, in order that helps lots. Total I feel that we’re very robust within the race. So sure, it could have been difficult to catch up, however then in fact the security automotive got here out so they’d brisker tyres. So then I used to be like… Effectively, I feel I might have most well-liked attacking as an alternative of defending however fortunately it labored out.”