Max Verstappen finally overcoming his fury with Red Bull’s shoddy DRS system to take advantage of Charles Leclerc’s PU woes and win a Spanish Grand Prix means he now leads the F1 drivers’ standings for the first time this year.
The Dutchman had been seething all race because he could not make his DRS work properly, particularly given how difficult it is to pass around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. What is DRS in Formula One? It is a technology used in Formula One that has been around since 2009. Its purpose is to improve racing by reducing turbulence behind cars, making it easier for following drivers to pass. DRS is being used differently this year, and some fans are not happy about it.
But while Leclerc was having his problems with his Ferrari power unit, Verstappen was able to take full advantage and snatch victory away from the Monegasque driver on the final lap.
Max Verstappen has had a turbulent season so far, but he put all that behind him with an impressive win in Hungary. The Dutchman overcame early race drama and exploited Charles Leclerc’s PU problems to take the checkered flag. It was an impressive performance, and it bodes well for the rest of the season.
Verstappen is now just 44 points behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship, and he’ll be looking to make up ground in the remaining races. It will be interesting to see what he can achieve now that he seems to have his head screwed on straight. So far, he’s shown that he has what it takes to compete at the top level – let’s see if he can keep it up.
It’s been an eventful few week for Max Verstappen. The Dutchman was involved in a controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix and followed that up with an impressive win at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Now, he leads the Drivers’ Championship for the first time this year.
Verstappen has had a bit of a rollercoaster ride so far this season, but he seems to be hitting his stride at the right time. With just nine races remaining, it’s going to be fascinating to see how he fares against the likes of Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Can he keep up his good form and challenge for the title? Only time will tell.
One thing is for sure, though: Max Verstappen is a force to be reckoned with, and he’s certainly one of the most exciting drivers on the grid. If he can keep up his current form, we could be in for a thrilling end to the season.
Perez and Verstappen alternate in the lead.
By lap 44, Perez had been behind for seven laps and was informed that he needed to make a second stop. He dropped back down in front of Verstappen but then finally let the young Dutchman pass after some tense moments where both drivers were unsure who would yield which position on track – all while knowing they couldn’t Race each other! However, this race isn’t over until someone has crossed the checked flag, so there’s still time left…
Verstappen was delighted to have finally got one over on Ferrari’s Leclerc, who had looked set for a maiden victory until his engine failed with just 10 laps remaining. “To win is always special but especially here in Barcelona,” said the 21-year-old. “I’m very happy that we could turn it around after such a difficult weekend.” Comment below and let us know what you think about Max Verstappen’s win at the Spanish Grand Prix!
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