Verstappen and the heat animate Formula 1

The maximum temperatures are not excessive, around 30 degrees, but they do skyrocket in high humidity. Max clings to the burning asphalt.

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In professional sports, you go from hero to villain in a matter of seconds, a small detail can decay the result and throw away the work of a week, a month, an entire season ... It happens, above all, in sports more unpredictable, where the luck factor has more incidence, but those disciplines where everything is measured millimetrically, as is the case of Formula 1, are not fought either. In no competition is there a previously written script. Two weekends ago, criticism raged on the strategy of Red Bull and Max Verstappen because they failed to take advantage of Lewis Hamilton's blowout, having stopped in the pits in search of the fastest lap and the Pyrrhic extra prize of one point. A week ago, those reproaches were transformed into praise directed in the same direction. Verstappen had taken advantage of the weakness of Mercedes' tires and, with brilliant wheel and rhythm management, won his first victory of the course and, incidentally, created insecurities in the all-powerful German team.

What looked like a new Mercedes ride, now doesn't look so much. Verstappen placed second in the World Championship, 30 points behind Hamilton, despite the fact that in the first race he did not count for retirement. The reshaped F1 calendar has forced it to host more grand prizes than usual in summer, and that is synonymous with heat: the great enemy of the silver car. Montmeló, this weekend, will be another test to gauge whether that factor endangers the title for the Briton, if it can at least give more excitement to the championship, or if it remains a mirage. The maximum temperatures are not excessive, around 30 degrees, but they do skyrocket in high humidity. Verstappen clings to the burning asphalt. In Mercedes they doubt. And F1 appreciates it.



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