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“In terms of Ferrari, it is better to fight Leclerc than Hamilton” – Corriere.it

from Daniele Sparisci, from Monza

The Red Bull World Championship was favored by the Italian GP: «The 2021 World Championship has taught me not to make errors. Before I fight now I win calmly”

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“Max is on the primary flooring. He has an ideal perspective,” says the assistant as he guides us by way of the Red Bull hospitality. And how may it not be? Verstappen laughs: he has 109 factors forward of Leclerc, the second World Championship and one level. Here once more within the Ferrari house GP – with many engine change penalties: Hamilton and Sainz begin from the again – he is the favourite. Despite his dangerous relationship with Monza, he has by no means been on the rostrum. «Because lately we did not have the pace forward, as a result of right here we made sensible selections that have an effect on punishments. But now it’s totally different ».

In Holland he received with the helmet given to his father Jos, what did he hear?

«Special emotions, I had already felt them in the course of the value. I used to be very proud to put on it ».

He was on the identical subject as Leclerc and Russell. All three are 24, is F1 in good arms?

“I can say one of the best, it’s an ideal era. I’ve recognized Charles and George for the reason that days of karting. It’s good that everybody has reached F1 ».

Are you extra fascinated about beating a Ferrari or a Mercedes?
“I do not care who I beat, the vital factor is to be forward.” I’ve an excellent relationship with Ferrari, we now have had many conflicts this 12 months with Charles. They have misplaced just a few factors typically as a result of of their errors, however let’s not neglect the efforts they’ve to return to the place they got here from ».

Yeah, the place was he?

“The leap made by Ferrari from 2020 and 2021 to right this moment is spectacular”.

Let’s get again to him: profitable the World Cup 2021 appears to have made him stronger, proper?

“Situation. When you fight for the World Cup, you’ll be able to’t afford to make a mistake. That’s why originally of this season I used to be indignant with the misplaced factors. The automotive had to be dependable, and I additionally had to make a mistake. So I centered on this ».

He wants 3 wins in 2022 to match the file of Schumacher and Vettel (13 wins within the race). It can be the icing on the cake.

«But I do not take into consideration writing, and now the calendar is lengthy. The solely vital factor is to win the World Cup, I do not care about the remaining ».

He says he respects Ferrari: do you assume the longer term of pink?

“Never say by no means, however now I’ve a contract with Red Bull till 2028. I’m superb right here, let’s examine what occurs after 2028. Maybe I’ll be retired already.”

Orange is the brand new shade of F1, as yellow was in Valentino Rossi’s bikes. Did you anticipate such pleasure?

“Oh, however orange is nowhere, right here in Monza it’s pink”. He laughs. “It was fascinating to see the races of Valentino, the yellow individuals, I typically adopted them. Let’s say that the colours helped us a bit of, the orange appears like his yellow ».

If you would take away the rule in F1 when would you take away it?

“I am going again to the V12 or V10 engines. But it would even be sufficient to carry again the sound of the V8, pure energy”.

Apart from racing, he likes to spend time together with his household. What does it do?

“What everybody does: lunch, dinner, enjoyable. In the summer time we now have a home and my sister Victoria additionally comes with the children and her boyfriend who is one of my greatest mates since earlier than we met.’

Do you like kids, do you see father?

“Yes, I really feel like a father. One day. It’s good to have my sister round: the eldest runs in all places, the opposite is nonetheless 9 months outdated. Victoria would not stand nonetheless for a minute.’

Thirty wins in F1, which one would you select?

“First, in 2016 in Barcelona. And then about Abu Dhabi, final 12 months. Those moments usually are not repeated. It was additionally good to win in Holland, twice in a row. It’s troublesome to clarify: the followers are asking you to win: however it’s one factor to try to one other to win ».

Are there another sports activities stars that you just admire?

“I’ve at all times wished to be myself, not to comply with the actions of others. Being myself in one of the simplest ways, is my true character, with out pretending to be another person”.

He has modified his motion, he is not aggressive. What does it rely on?

“From many elements: from the brand new vehicles, from the foundations which have modified the pace a lot: final 12 months the qualifiers have been counted extra, now the passing is simpler. Also to coordinate”.

Do you keep in mind the final Monza?

“I simply do not forget that it did not go nicely.” He laughs, enthusiastic about what occurred with Hamilton.

After such a fierce competitors, how can it be potential to return and see once more? Does every part appear (nearly) regular between you?

“We are pilots, every part is superb. It goes on. When you have got contacts like those we had earlier than, you get indignant, however you neglect. It’s a pure factor ».

What is the distinction between preventing Charles as an alternative of Lewis?

“I’ve recognized Charles since we have been 5 years outdated, we’re the identical era and we grew up preventing on the streets.”

How has the subject modified your life?

“In a really private manner. When it comes to driving and racing now I really feel comfy. But my motivation to win has elevated as a result of I need to proceed to really feel that manner. Winning is by no means sufficient ».

September 9, 2022 (replace September 9, 2022 | 07:13)

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