Carlos Sainz Jnr has lavished praised on runaway championship chief Max Verstappen, who may clinch his second Method 1 title on the subsequent race in Singapore.
Verstappen holds a 116-point lead over Sainz’s Ferrari group mate Charles Leclerc with six races remaining, having scored his eleventh victory of the season at Monza.
Sainz stated his former group mate Verstappen has pushed effectively and made few errors in what is about to be a profitable championship defence.
“I feel he’s had a really robust season,” stated the Ferrari driver.
“He’s carried out little or no errors. At any time when he’s carried out errors – like in Spain, he spun in the identical place than me, in Hungary he spun – he’s recovered from the errors and gone [on to] win. I feel that is the most important distinction that even within the days that he’s had possibly a little bit of an off, he nonetheless managed to go and win.”
Verstappen’s title defence acquired off to a troubled begin as he suffered automotive hassle in two of the primary three races which allowed Leclerc to tug 46 factors forward of him. However the Purple Bull driver has piled on win after win over the next rounds whereas Ferrari have more and more hit hassle.
“For the reason that first [three] races they’ve additionally been super-reliable and also you add up all these issues and he’s having an unimaginable season and I feel he deserves it,” stated Sainz. “Him as a driver, I feel he’s additionally doing a very robust job.”
Verstappen has gained the final 5 races in a row. However talking after his Monza win, Purple Bull group principal Christian Horner stated preserving that successful run going over the remaining six rounds could be “an enormous ask” for the motive force and group.
“There’s some big variance of circuits, Singapore in comparison with right here has acquired probably the most corners on the circuit. It’s bumpy, it’s a road monitor. So it’s a a lot completely different problem.
“We’re in an awesome place within the championship, however we’re going to assault each race and do one of the best we are able to in factors or maintain themselves. We’ve been fast at a Spa or a Zandvoort or a Monza, and Budapest even, so on a variance of circuits the automotive’s performing rather well.”
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