After Saturday’s qualifying session, things did not look great for Verstappen. The Dutchman suffered engine problems in Q3 and could not fight for pole position. Red Bull Racing did not expect Verstappen to finish on the podium, but they certainly did not see victory coming.
According to Verstappen senior, his son’s race shows that a P10 start does not have to be a lost race. “The team’s strategy was top-notch. And Max executes it to perfection. The way he passes other drivers, it sometimes seems so easy. And the fact that he says he wants to start on soft tyres shows how strong he is”, he said in conversation with De Telegraaf.
Yet Verstappen senior doesn’t want to cheer too soon. Red Bull made a big step from Friday to Saturday this weekend, but during the Austrian Grand Prix they gambled wrong. “Our decisions are not always right either. Yes, less often [than Ferrari]. That is why we are eighty points ahead”, says Jos Verstappen.