Verstappen explains how he managed to defeat Mercedes at Silverstone

  • Published on 09 Aug 2020 20:30
  • comments 1
  • By: Coilin Higgins

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has explained how he managed to get past both Mercedes at this evening's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix and take the victory at Silverstone.

Verstappen was able to take the lead and hold on to secure the top spot this afternoon after tyre issues again plagued Mercedes, forcing both cars into an early pitstop.

Verstappen, who started on the hard compound opposed to the Mercedes' medium, took the lead after managing to stay with the Mercedes throughout the opening stages and was able to extend his stint to pit a second time on the same lap as pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas.

Delighted at the outcome of the race, Verstappen was pleased to finally have been able to challenge the dominant Mercedes and explained how he used the harder compound to jump the two cars and extend his stint to eventually take victory.

"So far, we never had the opportunity to fight with them really," Verstappen explained.

"I was like, well I am not going to cruise behind. I have nothing to lose. Worst case, I'll be P3, best case, we win the race and of course, that's what's happened today."

"We had the right strategy I think, the tyres were working really well. As soon as the two Mercedes cars pitted I could pick up my pace and I never really have any tyre drop.

"It was really surprising, and of course I'm really happy with it. Then, I came out behind Valtteri but of course, I was on the softer compound so I could pass him and then again could control the gap.

"Then we pitted together and it was about who could be the fastest to the end, but I could see Valtteri was never really able to put the pressure on so I just managed that gap."

Drove very well and deserved the win - well done Max !

  • 1
  • Aug 9 2020 - 22:29

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • Drove very well and deserved the win - well done Max !

    • + 1
    • Aug 9 2020 - 22:29

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BEGrand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

World Championship standings 2024

Pos
Driver
Team
Points
Pos
Team
Points
Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Related news

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Formula 1 Calendar - 2024

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
29 - Mar 2
Bahrain
7 - Mar 9
Saudi Arabia
22 - Mar 24
Australia
5 - Apr 7
Japan
19 - Apr 21
China
3 - May 5
United States of America
17 - May 19
Italy
24 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
Spain
28 - Jun 30
Austria
5 - Jul 7
United Kingdom
19 - Jul 21
Hungary
26 - Jul 28
Belgium
23 - Aug 25
Netherlands
30 - Sep 1
Italy
13 - Sep 15
Azerbaijan
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
18 - Oct 20
United States of America
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
Brazil
22 - Nov 24
United States of America
29 - Dec 1
Qatar
6 - Dec 8
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2024

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
29 - Mar 2
7 - Mar 9
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
22 - Mar 24
Australia Albert Park
5 - Apr 7
19 - Apr 21
3 - May 5
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
17 - May 19
24 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
5 - Jul 7
United Kingdom Silverstone
19 - Jul 21
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Jul 28
23 - Aug 25
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
30 - Sep 1
Italy Monza
13 - Sep 15
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
20 - Sep 22
18 - Oct 20
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
Brazil Interlagos
22 - Nov 24
United States of America Las Vegas Street Circuit
29 - Dec 1
6 - Dec 8
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar