Pink Bull driver Max Verstappen moved again into the lead of the F1 drivers’ championship by profitable the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday, going three factors away from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton certified lower than 0.04 seconds off Verstappen’s pole time on Saturday, and managed to hold inside a few second of the Dutchman for lots of the race, preserving the stress on.
It marked Pink Bull’s seventh win within the final 9 races. Mercedes has scored only one victory in the identical interval, coming on the British Grand Prix in July following Hamilton and Verstappen’s first-lap conflict.
Hamilton mentioned after the race that Pink Bull seemed to be “a step forward” in the intervening time, however rival workforce boss Horner felt it was nonetheless “massively tight” with Mercedes.
“[We’re] qualifying inside a tenth,” Horner mentioned after Sunday’s race at Zandvoort.
“We appear to have a tenth, perhaps two-tenth benefit within the race I might say at this venue.
“There are going to be circuits that swimsuit Mercedes and there will be circuits that swimsuit us I feel over the following section of this championship.
“So we want to verify we seize each alternative. At present we did that, beneath large stress however it was nice to get our eighth win of the 12 months.”
Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff agreed the margins with Pink Bull had been superb, pointing to the truth that Verstappen, Hamilton and the second Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, had been the one three to complete on the leap lap at Zandvoort.
Toto Wolff, Workforce Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG, and Christian Horner, Workforce Principal, Pink Bull Racing, within the workforce principals Press Convention
Photograph by: FIA Pool
“You possibly can see between the groups, there may be simply nothing in-between,” Wolff mentioned.
“The primary three vehicles lapped all people else, and that reveals the extent that’s essential to deploy so as to win these championships.”
Wolff thought the benefit between Pink Bull and Mercedes would swing forwards and backwards “circuit by circuit” via the rest of the 12 months.
“We simply should be on our A-game on a regular basis,” Wolff mentioned.
“And with these little lapses [at Zandvoort], with not having the ability to full FP2 in a correct means, as a place to begin, after which within the execution of the race itself, we simply should be… it wants the A-game to win the A-championship.”