Max Verstappen picked up a hard-fought fiftieth win of his F1 profession however did not get a pleasant reception on the rostrum at the USA GP; watch each session from the Mexico Metropolis GP this weekend reside on Sky Sports activities F1, starting on Friday
Final Up to date: 23/10/23 1:32am
Christian Horner has described any booing for Max Verstappen as “water off a duck’s again” after he was jeered by followers at the USA Grand Prix on Sunday.
Verstappen took his fiftieth F1 win to go one behind Alain Prost, who’s fourth on the all-time winners rankings, and his third consecutive victory on the Circuit of The Americas.
Nonetheless, he was booed as he lifted his trophy up by among the spectators in Austin, a venue the place Mexico’s Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s team-mate, has historically had robust help.
Requested concerning the booing forward of this week’s Mexico Metropolis GP, Horner stated: “I do not suppose Max goes to get the warmest reception in Mexico! However that is water off a duck’s again. One yr you’re the villain, the subsequent yr you’re the hero.”
It was removed from a straightforward race for Verstappen as he nursed a brake situation from the opening lap and crossed the road solely 2.2 seconds forward of Lewis Hamilton, who was disqualified together with Charles Leclerc because of extreme plank put on.
Verstappen was nonetheless in a position to make massive strikes on Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris although on his approach to a record-equalling victory quantity 15 of 2023.
“We modified the brakes after yesterday and it was not good. I had no good feeling below braking and I could not actually get on high of it for the entire race, so that is one thing we have to perceive,” he informed Sky Sports activities F1.
“After all, round right here if you find yourself not very assured below braking, you simply haven’t got the great feeling below braking once you come off it. It could price you fairly a little bit of lap time and it was a bit harder than I anticipated it to be. I usually by no means actually wrestle with braking up to now in my F1 profession, however it was undoubtedly a little bit of an issue.”
Verstappen comfortably undercut Hamilton on the first spherical of pit stops as Mercedes, maybe wrongly, went lengthy with their driver.
He chased down Norris on the mediums within the second stint and overtook him on the midway level of the race. The Dutchman says his tempo was quite a bit nearer to the others in comparison with different races and he was not as assured in comparison with regular.
“As soon as I used to be within the lead, I believe the hole was OK. However with just a few laps in the past there was some backmarkers and my tyres weren’t feeling that nice,” stated Verstappen.
“The exhausting tyre was not superb immediately. However I believe the hole was simply sufficiently big and never too many laps left.”
Horner: Verstappen and Lambiase’s ‘marital bliss’ continues
Verstappen additionally had some fiery group radio exchanges along with his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase, generally known as GP, through the race in Austin.
The 26-year-old, who has a really straight-talking relationship with Lambiase, repeatedly informed him to not converse within the braking zones.
Lambiase stated on the radio that he would see Verstappen on Friday – when follow for the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix begins reside on Sky Sports activities F1 – which Horner defined.
“There marital bliss continues! Max is complaining about his brakes and GP is asking about his entrance wing offset,” stated Horner.
“GP was all the time scheduled to return to the UK after this race, in order that’s why he had a airplane to catch, which is why he stated ‘see you on Friday’.”
Verstappen added: “We nonetheless gained the race and that is a very powerful factor. When you find yourself struggling below braking and never that assured, I politely requested to not be spoken to. I stated please once I requested!”
F1 heads straight to Mexico for the center leg of the Americas triple header. Watch the entire Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix weekend reside on Sky Sports activities F1 from Friday, with Sunday’s race at 8pm. Stream F1 on Sky Sports with NOW