Max Verstappen scored his sixth victory of the 2022 season within the Canadian Grand Prix final Sunday, opening up a 46-point lead on the prime of the drivers’ championship.
It marked Purple Bull’s sixth win in a row and seventh within the 9 races thus far this yr, giving it a commanding lead on the prime of the constructors’ championship.
The turnaround for Verstappen’s fortunes has been speedy this yr. Following two DNFs within the first three races, he sat 45 factors behind Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, solely to take pleasure in a large swing within the interval since Australia.
Purple Bull advisor Marko urged warning over Verstappen’s lead, noting “how rapidly it might probably flip round” in F1, however was buoyed by the group’s latest type and streak of victories.
“The principle factor is it’s a must to end and keep away from these reliability issues,” Marko informed Autosport.
“We additionally had a dash race, which helped us so much to get extra factors.
“We have now an unbelievable run now, usually within the first half of the season we have been all the time catching up and now are dominating.
“You need to say that in case you win seven races out of the primary 9, that’s domination.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
The run of type has seen Purple Bull take pleasure in its finest begin to an F1 season since 2011, when Sebastian Vettel received six of the primary eight races en path to a dominant victory in each championships.
However there have nonetheless been some reliability considerations for Purple Bull by the early a part of the yr. Verstappen failed to complete in Bahrain and Australia on account of a gas line problem, whereas team-mate Sergio Perez was sidelined early in Canada by a gearbox downside.
“Reliability is all the time a priority in case you have a automotive that’s a lot on the restrict,” Marko mentioned.
“You see that at Ferrari. The one ones who don’t have a technical DNF but is Mercedes, however they needed to elevate throughout some races due to overheating issues.”
Purple Bull is ready to research what occurred to Perez’s gearbox in Canada, however group principal Christian Horner mentioned that it “appeared like a gearbox failure”.
“It was actually one thing within the driveline, the engine appears positive,” Horner mentioned. “So till we get it again, it’s tough to say. However it’s a suspected gearbox.”