Max Verstappen 'delighted' with Red-Bull's work in France

Max Verstappen this afternoon became the first non-Mercedes driver to finish first in a session at Paul Ricard since the return of F1 to France.

Published on 18/06/2021 à 18:50

Quentin DUBOIS

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Max Verstappen 'delighted' with Red-Bull's work in France

Verstappen dethrones Mercedes at Paul Ricard. / © Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

Leading the second free practice session, Max Verstappen is quite pleased with the improvements Red-Bull has made between FP1 and FP2. 

“I think it’s nice to end the day like this, explains the Dutchman. I wasn't completely satisfied after FP1 and even at the start of FP2 there was always something bothering me. But on the second run with the soft tires, the car behaved much better and had good balance. »

However, the session was not easy for the championship leader. It was he who triggered the intervention of the VSC at the start of the session. Starting too wide on a curb, he damaged his front wing on the yellow tubes outside turn 2. 

The wind, very present in Le Castellet, also disturbed the Dutch driver during Friday.

“It was very windy today, Verstappen says. It is therefore very complicated to have an overview of our performance. One lap the conditions are okay, the next lap it's horrible. We'll have to make do for the rest of the weekend. »

Max Verstappen and the other drivers will have to get used to the difficult conditions since rain is expected for Sunday.

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