Max edges ahead in title race

11 October 2021 02:31:23 GMTPlus11
Max Verstappen leads the drivers' title race

Max Verstappen was happy with the second-placed finish at Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix that took him above title rival Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' championship.

Red Bull ace Verstappen finished as runner-up to Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at Istanbul Park and he is now 6/5 to win his maiden title in Formula One, while his experienced British rival is 4/6 to land a record eighth drivers' championship this season.

Perfect day for Bottas

Bottas made smooth progress from pole position to claim his first win of the 2021 season in drizzly conditions, but his fellow Mercedes driver Hamilton dropped from third to fifth after a late pit stop to change tyres.

The 36-year-old was frustrated by his team's strategy and Verstappen now leads the drivers' championship on 262.5 points, six clear of Hamilton with six races remaining and the season continues with the United States GP in Austin, Texas on October 24th.

We just have to keep pushing, keep trying to improve.

Max Verstappen

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Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez finished in third, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc fourth and Carlos Sainz was named driver of the day after starting at the back of the grid and finishing in eighth place.

Second place pleases Verstappen

In his post-race press conference, Verstappen said: "It was not easy today. The track was very greasy and we had to manage the tyres all race so we couldn't really push.

"It seemed like Valtteri had more pace and could look after the tyres better as well, so I'm happy to finish in second place.

"I think it's been close the whole year and I'm sure in Austin it will be another close battle with Mercedes. We just have to keep pushing, keep trying to improve and we'll see where we are at the end."

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