On the mid-race restart following a crimson flag, Verstappen once more made a swift getaway to safe his lead, which he would construct as much as 12 seconds over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
For the dominant Crimson Bull squad, which has received all however one of many 19 races up to now, race begins had been one of many few minor chinks in its armour.
However that now additionally seems ironed out, with Verstappen praising the work accomplished by his workforce to tidy up its procedures.
“I feel it is simply doing our procedures a bit higher, understanding the tyre grip – it is clutch settings. We simply have been in all probability a bit extra sharp on that,” Verstappen defined.
“Firstly of the yr, we had a little bit of a difficulty, however then we fastened the difficulty. However then I feel we nonetheless did not do the best factor with tyre temperatures [and] clutch settings.
“It is all very delicate. For those who’re simply subsequent to it, you may need an excessive amount of wheelspin or not sufficient engagement. It’s extremely troublesome to get proper and I feel at the moment particularly it was excellent.”
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Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB19
Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez additionally made an amazing begin from fifth, difficult Leclerc and Verstappen into Flip 1. However his race ended after contact with Leclerc as the house hero, spurred on by the Mexican plenty, tried an overambitious swoop to say the lead.
“Begins haven’t in all probability been our strongest asset this yr, however definitely the three begins we had right here have been all rocketships,” commented workforce boss Christian Horner.
“On this present day in historical past, with the circumstances, the tarmac, the altitude and every part, the blokes received it excellent.”
Horner felt Verstappen was bailed out by Ferrari on the crimson flag restart because the Scuderia put second-starting Leclerc on the laborious tyres fairly than difficult him with a softer compound.
“That crimson flag was the worst potential time whenever you’re in the course of a two-stop. It neutralises the race and we’d solely received a tough set of tyres,” he defined.
“After [Leclerc’s] lengthy first stint, I used to be satisfied they have been going to take a set of mediums, as a result of it’s value about 5 metres off the startline.
“So, I used to be very shocked that they went with the laborious tyre.”