Purple Bull F1 nonetheless “wants to enhance” to fend off faster Ferrari

Verstappen took his sixth win in 9 races, strengthening his grip on the championship lead, which has grown to 46 factors on teammate Sergio Perez and 49 items on Ferrari challenger Charles Leclerc.

Whereas Verstappen’s Canada weekend was boosted by Leclerc’s grid penalty, which took the Ferrari man out of rivalry, the Dutchman nonetheless had his work reduce out to defeat the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, who hounded him over the ultimate 20 laps.

Sainz appeared to take pleasure in a small tempo benefit over Verstappen, however could not discover a well beyond the faultless world champion.

Regardless of his string of wins and his comfy championship place, Verstappen cautioned that his Purple Bull group “wants to enhance” after discovering out it was “not the quickest” group on Sunday.

“It’s nonetheless a really good distance and I do know the hole in fact is kind of large, however I additionally know that it could change round in a short time,” he mentioned when requested about his sizeable lead within the standings.

“I imply, race three I used to be 46 behind, so we simply want to remain calm, we have to focus, we have to enhance, as a result of at present [Sunday] we’re not the quickest.

“It swings a bit, like final weekend [at Baku] it seemed good within the race, now it did not look pretty much as good however we nonetheless managed to win and that I believe can also be a top quality and we simply must work along with the entire group you recognize to try to simply discover little enhancements within the automobile.”

Ferrari has usually been the quickest group in qualifying, with Leclerc taking six poles to Verstappen’s two, whereas it has discovered it tougher to compete with the Milton Keynes squad over a full race distance attributable to tyre graining points and a relative lack of high velocity in comparison with the Purple Bulls.

However Verstappen whereas thought the explanations behind Ferrari’s tempo benefit on Sunday had been laborious to pinpoint, he mentioned it was hardly a novelty as the shape between each title contenders “goes backwards and forwards” from race to race.

“I do not suppose it is at all times been that they’ve been faster on Saturday after which slower on Sunday. I believe in Barcelona they had been additionally fast on Sunday and there have been a number of extra races,” he mentioned.

 “So it simply goes backwards and forwards a bit. We have to perceive in fact… it additionally rained yesterday [Saturday]. Possibly that did not assist for us at present [Sunday] with the greener observe. However that is all issues now we have to look into.

“Possibly observe structure, kerbs, no matter, we’ll take a look into that however in the meanwhile it is troublesome to essentially clarify why they had been a bit sooner than us within the race.”

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