Max in Miami: 'Not my first title fight'
Published on 05 May 2023 by Stefan Meens
Ahead of this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen reflected on last week’s Azerbaijan GP. The Dutchman had to settle for second, after an ill-timed safety car led to the lead switching to Oracle Red Bull Racing team mate Sergio Perez, who would ultimately take the chequered flag.
“I did look back at the incident that caused the safety car. From my car, I saw an AlphaTauri off track, but I didn’t see the extend of the damage. In hindsight, we should’ve not made a pitstop, especially considering safety cars and or red flags are increasingly being used. I’m not angry about our decision, it’s just a bit of a shame.”
Despite finishing behind Perez, Max still leads the championship by six points as the fight continues in Miami. “We can be glad we have the best car. It’s a long season and we strive for perfection and we’ll see what that brings us. It’s not my first time fighting for a title so for me it feels no different. We just try to score points and make the most of our opportunities, regardless of the situation.”
This weekend’s event is the first of three in the United States. “I always like being here in the US. But when it comes to the races, I’d rather be on a normal track, like Austin. That’s more of a challenge. Of course I love the city of Miami. The atmosphere is relaxed despite it being a busy weekend for us. I’m looking forward to it.”
Alongside Miami, the 2023 F1 calendar also features Austin and Las Vegas later in the season. But these are not the only circuits Max would like to race at. “They've got some great tracks here. Virginia is great, but is more suited to GT cars. Road America is also beautiful, just like a few others.”
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