International press after Verstappen's win: "Was helped by mismanagement Mercedes"

10-08-2020 07:59
by Matt Gretton
International press after Verstappen's win: Was helped by mismanagement Mercedes

Not only the Dutch press is full of praise for Max Verstappen's performance at Silverstone; The international media also praised the Red Bull Racing driver after his first victory of 2020. The fact that Mercedes was beaten after four victories in a row is impressive according to the media around the world.

Auto, Motor und Sport

The German medium writes on its website about the ninth victory of Verstappen: "The Dutchman grabbed Nico Hülkenberg at the start and beat the Mercedes on strategy. The 22-year-old driver and his car were more careful with the tyres and took full advantage of the riding on the hard tyres during the first stint. It was amazing how easily Verstappen followed the high flyers. How he left Valtteri Bottas behind after his first pit stop was also impressive."

Sky Sports

At Sky Sports, they saw Red Bull take full advantage of the problems at Mercedes. "On a day when Mercedes' previous Achilles' heel - tyre performance in hot weather - resurfaced at a sweltering Silverstone, Red Bull's decision from qualifying to start on Pirelli's hardest compound tyre paid handsome dividends for them and a brilliant Verstappen. The Dutchman ran longer than either Mercedes in the first stint to set up the victory, and although he dropped back behind early race leader Bottas after his first pit stop, he swiftly and decisively overtook the Finn for the lead."


The French L'Equipe is often quite critical and even after Sunday states that the victory of Verstappen is mainly due to blunder at Mercedes. "Thanks to an unusual strategy, Max dominated the Grand Prix on Sunday. The Dutchman was helped by Mercedes mismanagement. They allowed Valtteri Bottas to retire too early in his second stop, forcing the Finn to ignore his teammate the end of the race."


In contrast to L'Equipe, AS from Spain is willing to give the compliments to Verstappen. "He ended up right behind Bottas after his pit stop with new tyres. Mad Max gave him no choice, he attacked immediately and kept the guts on the outside. Verstappen challenged the giants. The biggest star in the making on the grid beat both. Mercedes with a great strategy. What a mathematical spectacle with unpredictable tires, and what a victory for Max! "

La Gazzetta Dello Sport

Italy's largest sports newspaper believes that the basis for the victory was laid a day earlier. “It was amazing when it was decided to drive with hard tyres in Q2, while at Mercedes they chose the mediums. We succeeded, proving Max to be exceptional. "

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