Austin, Texas-Max Verstappen said he wasn’t convinced that Red Bull’s aggressive pit stop strategy would help defeat Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the US Grand Prix.
Verstappen lost the lead to Hamilton on Turn 1, but overtook the Mercedes driver at the pit stop. Red Bull called him first in the first stop round.
This allowed Verstappen to “undercut” Hamilton with new tires before the Mercedes driver pitted. This was repeated on the second stop. Verstappen did not abandon the lead after Hamilton’s second stop.
“I lost at first, so I had to do something else. I ran aggressively on this track because the tires were so worn,” Verstappen said.
“I didn’t know if it would work, but I enjoyed the last few laps. I crossed the highway corner a bit, but of course I’m very happy to do my best.”
Verstappen finished the race 1.3 seconds earlier than Hamilton, expanding his championship lead to 12 points and leaving 5 races. The Dutch driver said the finish was intense.
“It was exciting. The whole race was under pressure. I didn’t know how quickly Lewis would catch you.
“After losing the lead at the start, I became very aggressive on the first stop, then again in the middle stint, Lewis was within that undercut, so I had to respond and go fast again, and finally. The stint was very long, especially the heat.
“We finally managed to cling enough to push in the tires. With two laps remaining, Haas was in front of us. When he entered the last sector he was in front of, Not particularly with worn tires. It’s easy to understand. Fortunately, he gave me that DRS, so whatever I lost, I think it made it a little more stable. “
Max Verstappen wasn’t sure if Red Bull’s strategy would beat Lewis Hamilton
https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/32468529/max-verstappen-was-unsure-red-bull-strategy-beat-lewis-hamilton Max Verstappen wasn’t sure if Red Bull’s strategy would beat Lewis Hamilton