Max Verstappen had a pretty low outing on Day One of the Saudi Arabia Cycling Championships. The championship leader finished P2 in the first free practice session and was able to complete just P4 in the second practice session.
Max Verstappen leads the championship race with 8 points, followed by Lewis Hamilton. However, the Briton fought back in the final two races of the season by reclaiming wins over Brazil and Qatar.
Despite the poor results in the first two sessions, Christian Horner believes the circuit is most likely in favor of Max Verstappen. He believes the 24-year-old has enough speed in his car to be able to compete with Hamilton.
“After the new test was introduced in Qatar, I think we have seen a convergence in speed. We’ve seen very similar speeds here today, so that’s encouraging. Hopefully that will remain the case this weekend and the following weekend.” Horner said.
Max Verstappen enjoying his time in Jeddah: Horner
Christian Horner says that although Max Verstappen finished P4 in the second free session, there is not much distance to separate Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen. Furthermore, Horner claims that the youngster is enjoying his time in Saudi Arabia and there are encouraging signs for Red Bull on Friday.
Max Verstappen can win the world championship this weekend in four scenarios, after leading by eight points. However, that seems unlikely, and most likely the championship will be decided by the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
“The circuit is a little tighter than the data suggest, the corners are a little tighter. It’s not all the emphasis on horsepower we thought it would be. So that’s encouraging, ” speak Max
“You can see, there’s a tenth between the two cars, between the drivers. On this kind of circuit you can find that. That is really encouraging for us. This is Max’s circuit type. It’s high speed, wall, curb. You can see him already,” he added.
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