In order to help Sergio Perez finish P2 in the drivers’ standings at the 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi GP, Max Verstappen thinks Red Bull will need to maintain its lead over Ferrari and Mercedes. The Dutchman believes that his team’s steady pace will be sufficient to keep them clear of their competitors.
When asked by Sportskeeda which competitor posed the greatest threat and what his team’s race plan was, Max Verstappen responded:
“At this time, it’s hard to say. I believe that from our perspective, we were strong in FP2 in the long run. And it appeared that both Ferrari and Mercedes were having a little bit more difficulty at the moment.”
“However, I’m not sure what they did overnight, so I suppose we’ll find out tomorrow. It is obvious, in my opinion. That we as a team must maintain our lead over them if we want to win the title.”
Max Verstappen stated during the qualifying for the 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi GP. He stated that he thought it was critical to maintain a lead over Ferrari and Mercedes. The Red Bull driver was unsure whether Ferrari or Mercedes posed a greater danger. Even though he said it was crucial to support his colleague in order to place second in the championship.
But the two-time world champion thought that his team’s long-running speed may help them stay in front of their competitors throughout the race.
Charles Leclerc, on the other hand, thought that his colleague Carlos Sainz, who was placed beside him, would assist him to put pressure on Perez in the race when he was asked by Sportskeeda how he intended to fight the Red Bulls.
According to Max Verstappen, Red Bull gave Sergio Perez the freedom to select his qualifying approach in Abu Dhabi
Max Verstappen disclosed that after being pulled to P2 in qualifying, Red Bull handed Sergio Perez the option to pick his qualifying plan. As his teammate battles Leclerc for second place in the championship, the Dutchman secured pole position for the season’s last race—a feat Red Bull has yet to accomplish.
Max Verstappen is prepared to shatter his own record for the most victories in a season by winning at the Yas Marina after securing his seventh pole position of the year.
Verstappen responded when asked about his team’s qualifying plan. “No, well, so going into the weekend, we gave Checo the option to choose what he would like: do you want to go first or behind? He made the decision to follow behind, which was also the plan during qualifying. However, as I previously mentioned, I had also planned to lead during the first run. But my engine… oh, everything just shut off. Fortunately, we managed to pull it off with the second one.”
Red Bull’s first front-row lockout since 2018 is the qualifying result. At 290 points each, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc are tied going into the season-ending race at the Arabian circuit.