The Max Verstappen weekly by @F1TheaJ
Even on a ‘bad’ day, Max still manages to get himself on the podium.
After the German GP in Hockenheim he was on the lower step, but should he have been higher up? After the race Christian Horner was singing his praises, saying what a great team player Max was and how Max and Daniel Ricciardo work well together as a team. What does that mean exactly?
Well, Red Bull had been chasing down Ferrari for several GPs claiming THEY were the best of the rest (even though they were in third place in the Constructor Standings.) Trailing by a mere one point they set their sights on giving Mercedes a run for their money, rather than worrying too much about Ferrari.
Both Max and Daniel Ricciardo out qualified both Ferraris (Max in P4) and blocked out the second row of the grid. Come race day, Max got off to a blistering start, leapfrogging his team mate and Rosberg, taking second place behind Hamilton.
Max’s credentials as a team player came to the fore when Red Bull put their drivers onto different strategies, with Max getting the Softs and Danniel getting the Supersofts. RIC was putting in some blistering laps on his new tyres when he overtook Max who put up little, if any defence against the move.
And so it was that RIC took the second step of the podium and Max had to ‘make do’ with third. Max said he ‘took one for the team’ and he and Daniel ‘have a good relationship, so it works out.’
Red Bull therefore easily moved into second place in the Constructor Standings, 14 points ahead of Ferrari. Max is in P6 in the Driver Standings heading into the summer break ( 5 and 7 points behind Vettel and Raikonnen.)
Speaking of which, Max is enjoying himself in the south of France:
from whence he posted his video debrief on the German GP
Its onto Spa after the break which Max considers to be like a home GP and is anticipating lots of support from his ever increasing circle of fans. (3 days down, 25 to go. Not long to wait…………)