He pressured that the Italian crew didn’t push the Crimson Bull driver exhausting sufficient this 12 months.
Verstappen gained 19 of the 22 races over the course of this season, lacking out twice to his team-mate Sergio Perez in early races, after which to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz when Crimson Bull had an off-weekend on the Singapore GP in September.
The Dutchman additionally obtained via the 12 months having sustained just about no injury to his RB19, though he did make contact with George Russell in Las Vegas, an incident that led to a penalty for the Mercedes driver.
“I feel it isn’t certain that somebody has a doubt on this, he did a mega season,” he mentioned when requested by Autosport to evaluate Verstappen’s 12 months.
“He was combating with Checo within the first two or three occasions after which he was on one other planet.
“Clearly, he didn’t do a mistake all season, and when he struggled in quali, like in Jeddah, it was as a consequence of a mechanical subject. After which he was at all times there, at all times making good begins, no contact. The one one was Vegas.
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Frederic Vasseur, Staff Principal and Basic Supervisor, Scuderia Ferrari, on the rostrum
“However I feel we’re getting a bit nearer to him, we’re…I don’t need to say placing him below stress as a result of it isn’t true, [in Abu Dhabi] he was not below stress. However he was a bit extra below stress than he was in Zandvoort, or in another occasions when he was flying.”
Vasseur pressured that whereas Ferrari confirmed stronger type within the latter races of the 12 months, the Italian crew nonetheless wasn’t shut sufficient to actually make life more durable for the world champion.
“There is no such thing as a doubt on the truth that he was dominating all of the season,” he mentioned. “And the one subject for us is that, as all people, he’ll do extra errors when he can be below stress.
“However no one was capable of put him below stress this season besides us on the final two or three occasions, or besides Carlos in Singapore.
“And it’s the place he began to do some errors, or maybe Crimson Bull did some errors when it comes to set-up. We have been too distant to place this sort of stress on them.”