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Verstappen not surprised by Mercedes performance

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 12: Second place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 12, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202111120697 // Usage for editorial use only //

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said he is not shocked by the performance Mercedes showed during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.


  • The Dutch driver said they expect Mercedes to have more power when they take a new engine.
  • Verstappen said he is happy to be second place and that sometimes he is just realistic in terms of what his car could deliver.

What he said:

  • “When they [Mercedes] take a new engine, they have a bit more power for the weekend, so for me it’s not a big schok. I’m just happy to be second, that’s a good position to start from. Of course, I always want to be closer, but sometimes you just have to be realistic and there was not much more in it.”
  • “There are not that many points to gain in the sprint race, so I hope, of course, to have a good first lap and see from there. And, of course, the most important one is on Sunday.”
  • “It will be completely different anyways, it’s going to be warmer, so that will change the behavior of the car as well, so we’ll see.”
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