Purple Bull’s F1 straight-line benefit is “good safety”, says Ferrari

Purple Bull clinched its first F1 constructors’ championship since 2013 after profitable Sunday’s United States Grand Prix courtesy of Max Verstappen.

It marked Verstappen’s thirteenth win of the 12 months, matching the report shared by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, and the workforce’s fifteenth of the season after a dominant cost to each titles.

Verstappen fought again from a wheel gun failure within the pits that price him round 9 seconds to overhaul Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and race chief Lewis Hamilton within the Mercedes, aided by the Purple Bull RB18’s straight-line velocity benefit.

Leclerc recovered from twelfth place on the grid to get the soar on Verstappen when Purple Bull had its gradual pit cease, however may solely keep forward for a few laps earlier than falling behind once more.

Verstappen handed each Leclerc and Hamilton with strikes on the finish of the again straight utilizing DRS, permitting him to ease forward and depart them unable to reply.

“It isn’t the primary race the place they’re racing with a prime velocity benefit on all the opposite rivals,” Mekies, the Ferrari sporting director, mentioned after the race.

“They managed to cope with that and definitely when there are some fights like in the present day, it is a bonus. It’s one thing that we at all times attempt to stability between lap time and prime velocity.

“The underside line is they’d a little bit of a tempo benefit, as they did for many Sundays this 12 months.

“They’ll have an excellent safety from us to assault with their prime velocity.”

Verstappen’s victory prolonged Purple Bull’s streak to eight races, with the final non-Purple Bull victory coming on the Austrian Grand Prix in July when Leclerc received for Ferrari.

Leclerc’s teammate, Carlos Sainz, had began the race from pole place, just for contact on the first nook with George Russell to spin him round. It additionally left his automotive with injury that pressured him to retire from the race on the finish of the opening lap.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, the field as Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, spins in the first corner

Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18, the sphere as Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, spins within the first nook

Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Photos

“It was a little bit of a shock to lose Carlos like that after a number of hundred metres and it’s fairly uncommon to see this occur,” mentioned Mekies.

“It’s a part of the sport however it’s a disgrace, as a result of it was a terrific alternative and I feel we have been all – us, Purple Bull and Mercedes – have been all shut on tempo so it could’ve been nice to have been within the combat additionally with Carlos.”

Leclerc ultimately completed the race in third place, however admitted he felt a little bit of disappointment given how briskly he had been and what may need been potential with out the penalty.

“Ranging from P12 with Charles and at some stage preventing for P2 was an excellent option to come by way of the sphere, so very effectively completed to Charles, to the workforce,” mentioned Mekies.

“It was a great way to progress by way of the sphere. I feel at some stage it was additionally a superb combat with Max.

“He fought very laborious, however in all probability we nonetheless are a little bit bit down in comparison with Max in race circumstances however undoubtedly Charles gave it a superb go.”

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