Max Verstappen: "In Barcelona the balance is not perfect, yet"

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Max Verstappen: "In Barcelona the balance is not perfect, yet"

Max Verstappen was not completely satisfied, especially due to the balance of his Red Bull, where he finished fifth overall in free practice in Barcelona. Max said: "It was a bit difficult to find the right balance. It is clear that we still have some work to do on the flying lap, but on the long runs it seems that the performance is decent.

I am satisfied, but we must try to find a way forward. It is difficult for the tires here and clearly we are not yet at the top in terms of balance. At least we know the weather will be constant, so we can work on that. "

Verstappen's 2022 and last races of 2021

Verstappen has decided that he will race with the number 1 on his Red Bull to defend the title of Formula 1 World Champion.

The number 1 had not been used since the 2014 season with then champion Sebastian Vette. Red Bull Racing announced the renewal of Max Verstappen's contract until 2028. The season starts off on the wrong foot with a retirement at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but he returns to win in Saudi Arabia after a close confrontation with Charles Leclerc.

In the Australian Grand Prix he is still forced to retire while he was second. In Imola, in the Grand Prix of Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna, at Ferrari, he obtained his second victory and a grand chelem. Starting third behind the two Ferraris, he managed to win the first Miami Grand Prix in history by climbing to tenth place among the drivers with the most podiums in F1 history.

We recall, however, last season, in Turkey he comes second, while he returns to win in the United States after starting from pole position and winning the FIA ​​Pole Trophy for the first time. He repeats the success two weeks later, in Mexico, easily winning the race after starting from third position.

In the Brazilian Grand Prix he starts first in the Sprint Race thanks to the disqualification assigned to Lewis Hamilton, but is immediately overtaken by Bottas and finishes second. In the race he overtook Bottas on the first lap and remained in the lead until the 59th lap, when he was passed by Hamilton who, after a splendid comeback, went on to win the race, remaining however 14 points behind the Dutchman.

In the subsequent Grand Prix of Qatar and the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia he always comes in second place, also obtaining a penalty in Jeddah for incorrect race conduct: thus we arrive on the eve of the last seasonal race in Abu Dhabi with the two title contenders a equal points.

Verstappen gets pole, but at the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix he is overtaken by the Englishman, who will no longer be able to reach until the last laps, thanks to a Safety Car due to an accident of Nicholas Latifi.

Having finished the Safety Car in the last laps of the penultimate lap, Verstappen, on a fresher and more performing tire than Hamilton's, manages to overtake it a few corners from the end, thus crossing the finish line first and becoming world champion for the first. career time.