With Max Verstappen’s two victories, Red Bull made a perfect home appearance in Spielberg. 132,000 fans, including 20,000 enthusiastic Dutch people, made the second Formula 1 weekend in Austria a huge comeback party after the long coronavirus period without any spectators. Red Bull now wants to continue celebrating.
Silverstone is on the World Championship program in two weeks, the circuit in England is traditionally a Mercedes circuit. “Now we want to win there too,” was the slogan of Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko after Verstappen’s renewed victory run on Sunday in Spielberg.
After the Dutchman achieved the “triple” from third pole position in a row with victory and the fastest race lap and was the first driver ever to win three races (France and Austria twice) in just 15 days, he can certainly do the next coup.
“The car ran like it was on rails”
On Sunday, Verstappen was the youngest driver in history to finish on the podium for the 50th time. “I really didn’t expect that,” said Verstappen after the race and was surprised by his dominance. “The car ran like it was on rails. I was able to push and at the same time save the tires, ”he said of his RB16B.
It runs like Sebastian Vettel’s winning cars at the time, with which the German won four times with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013. So it’s no wonder that Marko clearly indicated the direction for England as well. “That was always Mercedes land there. It would therefore mean a lot to us to win there, ”said the Styrian.
Verstappen is aware, however, that things can change quickly in Formula 1. “There are not often such perfect races as here. And in Silverstone the sprint race for pole alone will mix a lot, ”said the World Championship leader. Gerhard Berger also urged caution. “I don’t think you can decide now to give up a World Cup. The last word is far from being said, ”said the DTM boss. “One failure and everything is different again.”