Verstappen radioed his workforce on lap 11 of the Montreal occasion to inform the pit wall that he had struck a chicken, however the Dutchman’s automobile didn’t seem to undergo any main harm and he didn’t report any subsequent lack of efficiency on his strategy to a sixth win of 2023.
However throughout post-race inspections when Verstappen’s RB19 was returned to the storage, Pink Bull discovered that the stays of the animal had obtained caught within the space across the entrance proper brake duct.
Staff boss Christian Horner stated: “I believe the most important second he had was hitting that chicken, which simply did half the race behind the entrance proper brake duct.”
Verstappen himself additionally revealed that he noticed the stays after he had climbed out of the automobile on the finish.
“It was nonetheless caught on my automobile after I got here in, it did not look nice!” he informed Sky. “I additionally really feel sorry for the mechanic having to take away it.”
Regardless of the minor drama brought on by the chicken, the most important headache that Verstappen appeared to face on his strategy to matching Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 F1 wins was managing tyre temperatures, with all drivers discovering it troublesome to get the rubber into the prime working window within the cool situations.
Horner added: “They simply struggled to get temperature into the automobile, and it’s arduous producing the vitality when there’s solely kind of six corners right here and lengthy straights.
“You possibly can see that the lap instances have been fairly variable for all of the drivers at sure closing dates.
Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing, 1st place, on the rostrum
Photograph by: Jake Grant / Motorsport Images
“However Max was capable of break the DRS after which pull out a wholesome hole earlier than the protection automobile. Then, after the protection automobile, he obtained 10 seconds as properly.
“Any such circuit is kind of distinctive, so to have come via this problem as properly is actually encouraging.”
Verstappen himself stated that the difficulty within the race was not about managing degradation, however extra about getting the tyres to work properly.
“Usually it’s all about tyre administration, proper?” he stated.
“However at the moment was undoubtedly extra about pushing. Generally it was simply going up and down loads in lap time.
“Generally you could not really push to the restrict, since you did not know what you have been going to get.
“So, for me, on the arduous tyre, it was fairly a little bit of a wrestle. After which, on the medium, I wished to open up that hole just a little bit extra.
“Then in fact, at one level, you’re seeing 10-15 laps to go and you’ve got a superb hole, so that you don’t need to take too many dangers.
“It’s most likely not flat-out pushing, however you can’t loosen up an excessive amount of as a result of then you definately lose the temperature in your tyres.”