Former Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen says that Red Bull presently have the most effective package deal in F1 regardless of Ferrari having a sooner automotive.
Max Verstappen was in a position to safe his sixth win of the season final weekend in Canada as he was in a position to fend off strain from Carlos Sainz in the course of the closing few laps of the race. This meant that Verstappen presently leads the driving force’s standings and has a 49-point benefit over Charles Leclerc, who’s within the third spot.
Former World Champion Hakkinen commented in his column for Unibet that Red Bull presently have the most effective package deal to assault the Championships and is just too sturdy for the time being for the remainder. However, the Finnish racing legend identified that the one potential downside for the Milton Keyes-based staff could possibly be their reliability points.
“We did not have any doubt that Max is in control of the championship before the weekend and the result in Montreal confirms that Red Bull’s package is simply too strong at the moment.”
“They have straight-line speed, good balance, and a car that Max can clearly work with on every type of circuit. Montreal is the kind of circuit where you need a little bit of everything good confidence under braking and low-speed performance, but strong traction for the straights where you can overtake and Max’s car looked brilliant everywhere.”
The only problem for Red Bull appears to be reliability. Once again we saw an issue in the race for Checo Perez.”
“That must have made the team nervous on a day when Max really needed to take advantage of Leclerc starting from the back of the grid, so the great result will have been a relief for them. Reliability seems to be the only thing Max, Checo [Perez], and the team needs to worry about,” mentioned Hakkinen.
The former World Champion continued by saying that Ferrari can nonetheless problem Red Bull for the Championships if they will get on prime of their reliability points. He additionally mentioned that the Italian staff would wish some luck and hope that Verstappen would run into hassle.
“Ferrari has a quick car but it’s fragile. Team boss Mattia Binotto is right to say that it’s better to have a fast car with some reliability issues than a slow car which finishes.”
“If the team can get on top of their reliability problems, Charles and Carlos can definitely challenge Red Bull again, although that 49-point gap between Max and Charles is not going to be easy to close down.”
“Not only do Ferrari need to win some races, they also need Max to hit trouble,” mentioned Hakkinen.