F1: With relief Verstappen admits that Sainz had a faster car

The winner of the race Max Verstappen from the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing talk to the second place winner Carlos Sainz from Spain and Ferrari at park ferme during the Canadian Grand Prix F1 at the Gilles Villeneuve track on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. Clive Rose / Getty Images / AFP

Relieved Max Verstappen admitted that he fought for the pace in his Red Bull on Sunday, after resisting the late pressure from Carlos Sainz from Ferrari to win the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Dutchman, who started his 150th race in Formula 1 from pole position, had to defend vigilantly in his Red Bull against Ferrari for 15 laps after the delayed safety car allowed the Spaniard to fit fresh tires with medium mixture.

“This safety car didn’t help me,” Verstappen said. “He had fresh tires and the last 15 laps were exhausted and when that is the case, you can’t go wrong.

“I would have preferred to attack in the end instead of defending, but fortunately for us everything worked out and it was very exciting.”

Verstappen is now leading Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who has retired due to problems with the show, with 46 points in the title race.

He admitted that he never felt comfortable in the race.

“Overall, it was a very tough race and I really wanted more pace than the car. The Ferrari was very strong and I really had to emulate him.

“He had a faster pace than me. Absolutely today. But the two teams are so closely matched. “

His teammate Perez, who came in over the weekend in strong form, said: “I was stuck in speed and it was a problem with the drive. Very disappointing. Very painful for me and the team. “

Team boss Christian Horner said the team lost contact with Verstappen during the competition.

“We could hear him, but he couldn’t hear us,” he said. “But maybe there was no need.”


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