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Verstappen: These kind of days don't happen that often

Verstappen: These kind of days don’t happen that often

Verstappen: These kind of days don't happen that often

Max Verstappen labeled Saturday, when he won the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix, a special one, and claimed the perfection he delivered doesn’t happen that often.

Verstappen proved what everyone expected, and that is he and his RB20 are going to be tough to beat for the second Formula 1 season in a row, starting his Title defense campaign in the best way possible with a dominant win at the Sakhir Circuit.

In fact, Verstappen who won in Bahrain in 2023, managed to repeat his victory and covering the race distance in a shorter time than that of last year (less by two minutes) as man and machine became one in a show of dominance rarely experienced in the sport.

The RB20, with Verstappen behind the wheel proved to be lighting fast in qualifying, over two tenths faster than Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari – who is no slouch by any means – while during the race the Red Bull Racing combo proved to be efficient and fast as well, the RB20 gentle on its tyres.

Verstappen started the race on used Soft tyres and was the last to pit for the new set of Hards, and along with teammate Sergio Perez were the only two drivers in the top ten to use the Softs on their final stint of the race while other opted for Hards.

Verstappen spoke of his race in Red Bull‘s race report, he said: “It was a special one today. These kind of days don’t happen that often where the car feels spot on, including the balance and feeling of the car and everything went really well.

“The start was good and then we also looked after the car really well, so it was an enjoyable race for me. We managed to find a good rhythm and pace on this track and the wind strength and direction helped me extract a bit more from the car,” he explained.

Jeddah is going to be a challenge

Looking ahead to race #2 next week, the Dutchman added: “This [Bahrain] is one of our strongest circuits and looking to Jeddah we know that the track there is very different, with a lot of high speed corners and less degradation.

“I am hoping we can bring the same performance to next week: it’s going to be a challenge but I am looking forward to it.

“We have to thank everyone at the factory who has contributed to a great start of the year. It is always a big challenge to build a new car and follow up such an unbelievable season, but I’m excited to kick things off this season with a win,” Verstappen concluded.

Verstappen and Red Bull have been playing down their form since pre-season testing, hiding their true pace which they only revealed in Qualifying, and the triple F1 Champion kept insisting it wouldn’t be easy to win with how close the grid was.

And indeed the grid was close, but behind the #1 RB20, which finished the race over 20s ahead of the other Sergio Perez-piloted Red Bull car, delivering the team’s second one-two in Bahrain for the second year in a row.

Why should we expect Jeddah to be any different?