Verstappen took his sixth win in 9 races, strengthening his grip on the championship lead, which has grown to 46 factors on team-mate Sergio Perez and 49 factors on Ferrari challenger Charles Leclerc.
Whereas Verstappen’s Canada weekend was boosted by Leclerc’s grid penalty, which took the Ferrari driver out of rivalry, the Dutchman nonetheless had his work minimize out to defeat the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, who hounded him over the ultimate 20 laps.
Sainz appeared to take pleasure in a small tempo benefit over Verstappen, however could not discover a well beyond the faultless world champion.
Regardless of his string of wins and his snug championship place, Verstappen cautioned that his Pink Bull workforce “wants to enhance” after discovering out it was “not the quickest” workforce on Sunday.
“It’s nonetheless a really great distance and I do know the hole after all is sort of massive, however I additionally know that it will possibly swap round in a short time,” he mentioned when requested about his sizeable lead within the standings.
“I imply, race three I used to be 46 behind, so we simply want to remain calm, we have to focus, we have to enhance, as a result of at this time [Sunday] we’re not the quickest.
“It swings a bit, like final weekend [at Baku] it appeared good within the race, now it did not look nearly as good however we nonetheless managed to win and that I believe can also be a top quality and we simply must work along with the entire workforce to try to discover little enhancements within the automobile.”
Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing, 1st place, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 2nd place, congratulate one another in Parc Ferme
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Ferrari has typically been the quickest workforce in qualifying, with Leclerc taking six poles to Verstappen’s two and Perez’s one, whereas it has discovered it tougher to compete with the Milton Keynes-based squad over a full race distance as a result of tyre graining points and a relative lack of prime velocity in comparison with the Pink Bulls.
However Verstappen whereas thought the explanations behind Ferrari’s tempo benefit on Sunday have been arduous to pinpoint, he mentioned it was hardly a novelty as the shape between each title contenders “goes backwards and forwards” from race to race.
“I do not suppose it is all the time been that they’ve been faster on Saturday after which slower on Sunday. I believe in Barcelona they have been additionally fast on Sunday and there have been a couple of extra races,” he mentioned.
“So it simply goes backwards and forwards a bit. We have to perceive after all… it additionally rained yesterday [Saturday]. Possibly that did not assist for us at this time [Sunday] with the greener observe. However that is all issues we’ve got to look into.
“Possibly observe structure, kerbs, no matter, we’ll take a look into that, however for the time being it is troublesome to actually clarify why they have been a bit sooner than us within the race.”