Verstappen: A win in Shanghai was definitely on my list

Verstappen: A win in Shanghai was definitely on my list

Verstappen: A win in Shanghai was definitely on my list

Max Verstappen took his first ever win at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, an achievement he admitted he was targeting.

Verstappen winning the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix means now he has now 58 Formula 1 victories to his name while his team, Red Bull Racing have now racked up 117 wins and 100 pole positions.

And this result – apart from Verstappen’s disappointing Sprint qualifying – was as dominant as it may be, as with two Safety Cars and a Virtual Safety Car period, the triple F1 Champion was almost 14s ahead of second-placed Lando Norris.

Speaking in Red Bull‘s post race press release, Verstappen said: “I think today went really well and I was very happy with everything, we had great pace in the whole race although of course with the deployment of the safety car, the gap that I had made was shortened and we then had to gain that back.

“Today the car was very well balanced, every time that we needed to be quick we were and it felt much more consistent to drive in comparison to the Sprint, even for the restarts and overall I am really pleased with the performance that we had as a team.

“Every race is different in terms of emotions,” he pointed out, “this one was particularly enjoyable because the whole weekend went so well, especially considering that it was a Sprint weekend which is always much more hectic. A weekend like this is as much as you can ever hope for.

“A win in Shanghai was definitely on my list, to be here and to win in front of such an amazing crowd is very special and I am pleased that the race is back on the calendar,” the Dutchman concluded.

Red Bull firing on all cylinders

Red Bull boss Christian Horner hailed his team’s achievement as well after another meticulous performance that saw the deliver two double-stacked pitstops for Verstappen and Sergio Perez in 2.1s and 2.0s.

“It was a phenomenal weekend for the Team,” Horner said. “117 wins and 15 years since our first victory here marks a very big moment for us and one I am very proud of on a personal level.

“We are very happy with the progress. Max has just been fantastic, all season long and again with Checo on the podium sums up a great all round performance.

“The pit crew were on their game today with the double stack and that is a measure of the tone set by the Team in general, everyone continues to fire on all cylinders both here and back at home in Milton Keynes.

“I would also like to thank Exxon Mobil for their continued support and congratulate them on 50 years of Mobil 1. We literally would not be able to get out of the gate without them!” Horner concluded.

Verstappen only missed out on the fastest lap point in China, and now leads the F1 Drivers’ Championship by 25 points from Perez while Red Bull are leading the Constructors’ Standings by 44 points from second-placed Ferrari.