Verstappen claims 70th Anniversary GP victory

SILVERSTONE • Max Verstappen (picture) re-established himself as a champion driver and entertainer of the future on Sunday when he claimed a flawless and well-judged tactical victory for Red Bull at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix (GP).

A clever strategic choice by the team’s senior strategy engineer Hannah Schmitz to start the race on hard compound tyres, while most or their rivals opted for mediums laid the foundations, but it was the Dutch tyro’s courage and speed that did the rest.

On a day of personal and family landmarks, the 22-year-old racer passed his father Jos as the Dutchman to have started most Formula One races and confirmed himself as the Netherlands most successful driver.

It was his first win since the 2019 Brazilian GP, his first this year and the ninth of his burgeoning career, lifting him up to second in the drivers’ title race 30 points behind six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

He showed, also, that he has plenty in reserve when he is racing by producing a series of quips during the race as he headed to victory.

When he was asked to ease off in the early stages, to save his tyres, he rejected the idea saying “this is our chance to close up to the Mercedes, so I’m not going to drive like a grandma and follow them!” — AFP