Barcelona: Max Verstapen was 46 points behind Charles Leclerc after the first three races of the Formula One season and now, three races later, he is six ahead of his Ferrari rival and ahead in the championship.
The Red Bull’s reigning champion has won every race he has won, emphasizing the importance of reliability in a season of major rule changes and rapid growth.
Leclerc took 71 of the 78 available points in the first three races. Since then he has scored 33 runs.
Worstapen was 25 after the third round in Australia and is now at 110, increasing his numbers through the Emola sprint race which gave him eight extra points.
Champion Mercedes was down, and they will be counted around when wrestling with a bouncing car, and yet Sunday advised Spanish Grand Prix Jorge Russell and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton to return.
Hamilton moved from 19th to fourth, eventually leaving a spot because Mercedes told him his car was on the verge of overheating in the terminal, while Russell Verstappen and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished third on the podium.
Huge gaps, in points and performance, have gone significantly faster for a game where even the smallest fraction can be critical.
“Can we fight for another world championship? Okay, we can bet on that, “said Mercedes boss Toto Wolf, weeks after saying the exact opposite.
“We just need to have a car that can finish the first and the second. We have reason to believe we can get there, “said the Austrian, welcoming a major move for the team following the recent tragedy.
“If you look at the adversity, they are against it but motor racing is a different ball game. “We saw today that Ferrari didn’t score as many points as they should have, so we’re pushing them all out to get us back in the game.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who does not condone anything other than the ability to give a sporting glimpse, has always said that he hoped Mercedes would return firmly and that continuity was important.
“I think these things always balance within a year,” he said of Leclerc’s engine-related retirement as he led from the pole position on Sunday.
“They were unlucky today. We were unlucky in two races. The championships are extremely tight and it’s still early days.
“It’s going to be a factor through the season. From what I’ve heard, both Mercedes were in the water-based range at the end of the race. Everyone is very limited. “
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