Verstappen does not do anything wrong
Prior to the weekend in Sochi everyone agreed that the chances for Red Bull Racing and Verstappen were very small. The Dutchman had never been on the podium here before and had just had two races in which he had dropped out. However, an excellent qualifying and a strong race did bring him to the podium this time.
''He drives very well and doesn't do anything wrong. In my opinion this might have been his best race of the year'', says Allard Kalff at RTL GP Slipstream. ''The same goes for the qualifying lap, where he really outperformed the car. In the race it was really nice that he finished second'', Kees van de Grint adds.
AlphaTauri better than Red Bull?
However, Bridgestone's former tyre expert does see a problem with Red Bull. ''For Max it was just a mission without a chance, but that gap to Bottas isn't his fault. AlphaTauri now has a better chassis than Red Bull and you can tell from the behaviour of the car that they have a problem with the suspension''.
According to Van de Grint, it's not surprising that Alexander Albon doesn't achieve the same with the car as Verstappen. ''The behaviour of the car is just very unpredictable and if your talent is a little less then you have a very difficult time. You need extraordinary talent to perform in such a car'', concludes Van de Grint.