Christian Danner: “Verstappen will continue” / Formula 1

Christian Danner: “Verstappen will continue” / Formula 1

Three-time Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen has said several times that he will not drive for as long as Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton. Review by Christian Danner.

On paper, almost everything is going right for Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen: four races, four pole positions, three wins. In between, there was also a failure due to a brake failure at the Australian Grand Prix.

In the ServusTV program “Sport and Talk from Hangar-7”, Christian Danner talked about the performance of RBR in the first part of this season.

The 66-year-old from Munich smiles: “When you met Dr. When Helmut Marko asked if he would accept the congratulations for winning the 2024 World Cup, he was very angry! Marko said – we’ve only had four races behind us, there are still 20 Grands Prix to come.”

“I say – bending from the front in a calm way, even Red Bull Racing can’t do that. They have to go, those two guys. Max Verstappen more easily. But Sergio Pérez had to stretch a lot because nothing is given for free, even if the car is very good.

Looking back, Danner says of Verstappen’s failure in Australia: “When technical problems happen, it’s unusual today and it’s as strange as a stuck brake. But even that rare flaw doesn’t change anything – Max Verstappen has a great team, with excellent engineers and a very strong structure.

In Japan, Verstappen passed the mark of 3,000 laps in Formula 1. Danner says: “The only thing that can prevent Verstappen from breaking both the records of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton is the possibility that at some point he will not want to do it all again – maybe because of stress and numbers of racing is. too much for him is too much. But the way things are going right now, we don’t need to worry. Max will drive for a long time.”

Japan-GP, Suzuka Circuit

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:54:23,566 h
02. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +12.535 seconds
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +20,866
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +26,522
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +29.700
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +44,272
07. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +45,951
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, +47.525
09. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +48,626
10. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Bulls Racing, +1 Round
11. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1 lap
12. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 Round
13. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 Lap
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), clean, +1 lap
15. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1 Round
16. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +1 Round
17. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, +1 Round
Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, Elektrik
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Crash
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Racing Bull, Crash

World Championship Standings (after 4 out of 24 Grands Prix)

the driver
01. Verstappen 77 points
02. Perez 64
03. Leclerc 59
04. Sainz 55
05. Norris 37
06. Plate 32
07. Russell 24
08. Alonso 24
09. Hamilton 10
10. Walk 7
11. Tsunoda 7
12. Oliver Bearman (GB) 6
13. Hulkenberg 3
14. Magnussen 1
15. Alboni 0
16. Zhou 0
17. Ricciardo 0
18. Okon 0
19. 0 gas
20. Bota 0
21. Sergeant 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 141 Punkte
02. Ferrari 120
03. McLaren 69
04. Mercedes 34
05. Aston Martin 33
06. Running Bull 7
07. Especially 4
08. Williams 0
09. Sauber 0
10. Alpine 0