The Red Bull Ring performance of Max Verstappen is not a “positive indicator” in the Lewis Hamilton dispute.
Karun Chandhok believes that comparing the Red Bull Ring to other circuits on the calendar does not accurately reflect the future of the World Championship title fight.
Former Formula One driver Karun Chandhok believes that comparing the Red Bull Ring to other tracks on the calendar will not really reflect what we might see in the World Championship title fight this season. Last time out, Red Bull and Max Verstappen dominated the Styrian Grand Prix, with the Dutchman strengthening his championship lead.
Verstappen has increased his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 18 points coming into round nine this weekend, which will be held at the same track as the Styrian Grand Prix, which the Dutchman won in both 2018 and 2019.
“Mercedes isn’t going down without a fight, and this circuit isn’t indicative of the rest of the season. We have to keep in mind that it’s a bit different circuit,” Chandhok told Sky Sports F1.
“It’s not a guarantee that Red Bull will be three-tenths ahead for the rest of the season. The Championship battle has officially begun.
Paul Di Resta, another Sky commentator, concurred with his colleague, stating that he fully expects Mercedes to close the gap.
“They can’t admit defeat,” the former Formula One racer explained.
“After their victories in Portugal and Barcelona, they undoubtedly assumed they were in a stronger position.
They have to reconsider it and fast forward. We’d like to witness a fight.”
Red Bull has won the last four races in a row, with Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s teammate, scoring the team’s first win in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Despite their fast pace, Chandhok believes they may not be telling the true narrative of the season.
“It’s all about optimizing what they can, and the race team on the track has to extract every ounce of performance,” Chandhok explained.
“Lewis Hamilton came within a lap and a half of winning the French Grand Prix just two races ago.
“They would have been in a better position to win that Grand Prix if they had pitted a lap earlier. This paddock has a short memory.
“For anyone who thinks the championship race is over because of last week’s results, it isn’t.”
Mercedes is still in the “battle” for the title this season, according to Hamilton, but Red Bull has a clear lead.
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