Max Verstappen says Ferrari’s misfortunes gave him no advantage in winning the 2022 Hungarian GP and laying one hand on the championship title.
Max Verstappen goes home during the Summer break as a happy man. The Dutchman claimed his 8th Gran Prix victory of the season in the 2022 Hungarian GP after starting P10.
The Dutchman’s 80-point lead over 2nd placed Charles Leclerc in the driver’s championship. This gap is greater than any point difference during the 2021 season.
And the reigning 2021 champion is a step closer to retaining his crown. All Max has to do from now on is to cruise to the finish line and grab points as they come, and he can still win the title.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 31, 2022
But this wasn’t the case at the start of the season. After 2 DNFs in the first three races, fans and critics predicted a difficult season ahead for the 24-year-old.
And with both being Mechanical issues, Red Bull was criticised for their reliability issues. In the meantime, Ferrari had a formidable start to the season and was leading the Constructors championship table until the Spanish Grand Prix.
Verstappen went on to win seven races after the opening three races. At the same time, Leclerc and Ferrari have managed to claim lonely 1 and 2 more, respectively.
So it’s fair to say that Red Bull has capitalised on Ferrari’s errors and punished them in the long run. And Verstappen’s consistency and raw speed have overpowered Leclerc, who seems to have the fastest car on the grid.
Max Verstappen gives no credit to Ferrari’s misfortunes
Max Verstappen would be incredibly proud of his team. Red Bull has always played with the best race strategy and has claimed a victorious lead in the Championship.
And even on weekends where the Bulls have not been on par, they have still managed to grab as many points available. But, this isn’t the same with Ferrari.
Ferrari has been plagued with Engine issues, driver errors, and, more frequently, poor strategy calls on most weekends. Most recently, when Carlos Sainz’s engine blew up in the Austrian GP, removing a chance of a glorious 1-2 finish.
Or in Silverstone, when the pit wall failed to decide which driver was allowed to attack. And now, in Hungary, Ferrari’s strategy agreed to go to the wrong choice of tyres and pit-stop calls.
Max: “Well I think everybody always tries to do their best. And sometimes that‘s a bit harder to achieve. I find that difficult to comment. Because nobody does things on purpose.” https://t.co/mF6CC1GOIO
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) July 31, 2022
And this made a journalist ask Max during a post-race interview if Ferrari’s misfortune played to his advantage.
He politely said no and answered, “Well, I think everybody always tries to do their best. And sometimes that‘s a bit harder to achieve. I find that difficult to comment. Because nobody does things on purpose.”