Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix for the third time in a row, but he acknowledges it wasn’t an easy win.
On his path to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, Max Verstappen detailed how he handled difficulties with his DRS (Drag Reduction System).
The Dutchman had a challenging beginning to the race, sliding into the dirt at Turn 4 early in the afternoon.
Verstappen began to have troubles with the DRS as the race went, with it failing to open fully at times. This made his fight with George Russell much more difficult.
Just after race, Verstappen acknowledged that it had been challenging to handle.
“I went off,” he told Sky Sports F1 when reflecting on his troubles earlier on in the Grand Prix.
“I certainly had a lot of tailwind, so I just lost the rear and went off. Then of course I was in the train and I tried to pass, but my DRS was not always working.
“That made it very tough, but we managed to [use our] strategy to get ahead again and do our own race, and eventually win the race.
“[It was] a difficult beginning, but a good end.”
During the DRS troubles, Verstappen sought to “remain focused”
“I tried to stay concentrated,” Verstappen said when questioned how he overcame his car problems.
“Of course it’s not nice when stuff like that happens.”
However, it ended well for Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez, who claimed a 1-2 result for Red Bull, and the race winner has paid tribute to the role that Perez played.
“At the end, of course, [I’m] very happy to win, and I’m also very happy for Checo,” he added.
“It was a great result for the team.”
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