The Mercedes driver has mixed feelings: “Happy to see people in the stands again, but I also watch the news and in England the infections are rising”. Verstappen laughs and jokes with Perez: “An important victory in France”
The world challenge continues: after Max Verstappen overtaking Lewis Hamilton at the braking of turn 8 during the penultimate lap of the French GP, the spotlights are turned on on the Red Bull Ring for the Styrian Grand Prix, eighth round of the Formula 1 World Championship And the protagonists will be, once again, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Here is what they said at the press conference, starting with the Dutch leader of the World Cup.
Max Verstappen: “Every weekend is different”
It is an extremely relaxed Max Verstappen who goes on stage at the Thursday press conference of the Styrian GP, who jokes and laughs continuously with his teammate Sergio Perez: “The home race for Red Bull is always exciting – said ‘Dutch. The victory obtained in France was an important one, but every weekend is different and therefore it is not certain that what we showed last week we will be able to replicate it here in Austria. Wet race? We have a great pace even in the dry. We work well in synergy with Perez, I hope to be able to continue with him ”. And on the wings: “It is not for me to say whether the wings are regular or not, certainly the front one is much more important than the rear one”. And, to close, he comments on the audience at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone as follows: “Fantastic, there will be an incredible atmosphere”.
Lewis Hamilton: “Mixed feelings”
The news of the maximum audience capacity for the British GP for the weekend of 16-18 July is fresh and Lewis Hamilton does not hide his mixed feelings: “Happy to see the public again, especially the British. Feel the energy they transmit to you with their warmth. But I also watch the news and I know that the number of infections is increasing, so I’m worried about people. I don’t want to turn it into something ‘negative’, but it seems a bit rushed to me. Perhaps it would have been better to go step by step. What I can do is encourage people to keep wearing masks. But I’m not a politician to say whether or not it is right to open up to 100% of the public ”.
Hamilton: “You don’t necessarily need a change of teammate”
And as for the track activity: “We have worked hard in the past few days and I have encouraged all the staff members to continue like this. We know how strong we are, in some ways Austria is similar to Paul Ricard, with long straights where we lost a bit. I come here with an optimistic approach. I have seen some videos of Perez and Verstappen, in some places they are visibly faster, but we continue to work and improve ”. And on Bottas he closes like this: “Valtteri is an excellent rider who has gone through ups and downs in his career, but he remains a great teammate. There doesn’t have to be a change ”.
June 24 – 4:06 pm
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