Max Verstappen has a 32-point lead over Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull 44 over Mercedes. After nine races in 2021, the Brackley team is facing an objective situation of technical inferiority certified by the rankings. Even the comparison between second guides, in fact, sees Sergio Perez ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the ranking, with the Mexican who won a race (in Baku) against the zero victories of the Finnish.
Wolff: “Great development coming to Silverstone”
The road to Abu Dhabi, however, is still very long. The calendar – barring cancellations due to pandemic restrictions – still includes 14 races, two before the summer break in August. At Silverstone, in two weeks, the Sprint Race will debut on Saturday to define the starting grid for the Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday and for the home appointment Mercedes has a full-bodied update which will be introduced on the W12s in the hope of bridging the gap that separates the cars entrusted to Hamilton and Bottas from the Red Bulls available to Verstappen and Perez.
Hamilton: “Surrender is never an option”
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in Austria last Saturday also formalized the renewal of the contract until 2023, “to avoid distractions” in the run-up to the world championship. To the microphones of Sky Sport Uk, using a little irony, Toto Wolff the charge sounded like this after the difficulties encountered in Austria: “Overall we limited the damage considering everything that happened – her words – now it’s time to go to Silverstone, sweep everyone away and finish with a brace and thirty seconds ahead “. An exaggeration in light of the current values on the track, a sentence, however, said without the expression betraying a smile. Mercedes does not want to abdicate and prepares redemption in the Battle of Britain considering that it will be a real derby against Red Bull who knows Silverstone like the back of his hand like Mercedes. The duel will be exciting and will start as early as Friday with the Qualifications that will determine the starting grid for the Sprint Qualification. An appointment that will be another watershed of this 2021 in which Red Bull is seriously questioning the hegemony of Mercedes.