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 high of the drivers’ championship.
It marked Purple Bull’s sixth win in a row and seventh within the 9 races thus far this yr, giving it a commanding lead on the high of the constructors’ championship.
The turnaround for Verstappen’s fortunes has been speedy this yr. Following two DNFs within the first three races, he sat 45 factors behind Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, solely to take pleasure in a large swing within the interval since Australia.
Purple Bull advisor Marko urged warning over Verstappen’s lead, noting “how rapidly it may flip round” in F1, however was buoyed by the staff’s current type and streak of victories.
“The principle factor is it’s a must to end and keep away from these reliability issues,” Marko advised Autosport.
“We additionally had a dash race, which helped us rather a lot to get extra factors.
“Now we have an unbelievable run now, usually within the first half of the season we had been at all times catching up and now are dominating.
“It’s important to say that for those who win seven races out of the primary 9, that’s domination.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Pictures
The run of type has seen Purple Bull take pleasure in 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 Purple Bull via the early a part of the yr. Verstappen failed to complete in Bahrain and Australia on account of a gas line situation, whereas team-mate Sergio Perez was sidelined early in Canada by a gearbox drawback.
“Reliability is at all times a priority you probably have a automotive 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 carry throughout some races due to overheating issues.”
Purple Bull is about to research what occurred to Perez’s gearbox in Canada, however staff principal Christian Horner stated that it “appeared like a gearbox failure”.
“It was definitely one thing within the driveline, the engine appears wonderful,” Horner stated. “So till we get it again, it’s troublesome to say. Nevertheless it’s a suspected gearbox.”