Max Verstappen praised the Red Bull’s control engineer Michael Manning who worked on improving his starts after claiming victory in yesterday’s sprint race.
Verstappen lost two places at the start in the sprint race at Losail two weeks ago, though that was largely to drivers who had started on softer tyres than he did. He hasn’t lost his advantage from pole position in a grand prix since Lando Norris took the lead off him at Silverstone eight rounds ago.
Nonetheless Verstappen was pleased by his getaway in Austin, where he immediately swept across to the left of the track to prevent Charles Leclerc from attacking on the inside.
Speaking to his team on the radio afterwards Verstappen said: “Well done Manning, great job there.” He explained afterwards he was crediting “my start guy” for his rapid getaway. “I mean, the poor guy has had a few tough races, so I was just joking like that it wasn’t too bad this time.”
Manning, Red Bull’s senior trackside control engineer, joined the team in 2011. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said the team have been working to address inconsistency in their start performance this season.
“We’ve had some variable starts this year and it was a bit of banter that Max is giving to one of his performance engineers that focuses on start control,” said Horner. “It’s light-hearted banter that shows the tight relationship that there is within the team.
“The only problem is there’s about two billion people listening to it.”
Verstappen’s radio after sprint race win
|Well done, Max.
|Simply, simply lovely that.
|Yeah that was a very strong Saturday, Max, well done mate.
|Yeah pace was good.
|It’ll be a bit more fun tomorrow, mate.
|Oh and well done Manning, great job there.
|Okay so easy on the way in please, Max. Pick up where you can. That was a well-driven race the in the first few laps, mate. Tactically done. Nice job. Worked well I think, that.
|Yeah, the DRS was quite strong at the beginning but it was okay.
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