The Courier-Mail

VERSTAPPEN RULES IN ENG­LAND

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MAX Verstappen re-es­tab­lished him­self as a cham­pion driver and en­ter­tainer of the fu­ture when he claimed a flaw­less and well-judged tac­ti­cal vic­tory for Red Bull at the 70th An­niver­sary Grand Prix.

A clever strate­gic choice by the team’s se­nior strat­egy en­gi­neer Han­nah Sch­mitz, to start the race on hard com­pound tyres while most or their ri­vals opted for medi­ums, laid the foun­da­tions, but it was the Dutch tyro’s courage and speed that did the rest.

“Max was just chill­ing out at the be­gin­ning of the race, we had them cov­ered to­day,” said team boss Chris­tian Horner.

“What­ever they did, when they pit­ted, they could not pull away – Max was able to cover them.”

On a day of per­sonal and fam­ily land­marks, the 22-year-old racer passed his father Jos as the Dutch­man to have started most For­mula One races and con­firmed him­self as the Nether­land’s most suc­cess­ful driver.

The win in Northamp­ton was his first win since the 2019 Brazil­ian Grand Prix, his first this year and the ninth of his ca­reer, lift­ing him up to sec­ond in the driv­ers’ ti­tle race 30 points be­hind six-time cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton of Mercedes.

“That was very sat­is­fy­ing for us,” said Verstappen.

“We could have won last week when they had tyre blowouts, but that would not have been the same, but to­day was very good be­cause we beat them on pure pace.”

 ??  ?? British driver Lewis Hamil­ton (right) sprays cham­pagne at Max Verstappen af­ter the Dutch star won the F1 70th An­niver­sary Grand Prix at Sil­ver­stone. Pic­ture: AFP
British driver Lewis Hamil­ton (right) sprays cham­pagne at Max Verstappen af­ter the Dutch star won the F1 70th An­niver­sary Grand Prix at Sil­ver­stone. Pic­ture: AFP

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