At the Hungarian Grand Prix Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton did not fight at the front of the field, but both had to fight their way back towards points from behind. Hamilton made it onto the podium unscathed, while Verstappen ended up with damage on the edge of the points. Accordingly Peter Windsor, the driving style of the two title rivals in dirty air has something noticeable about it.
“Max has his platform, like Lewis and Charles, and he manipulates the front of the car to give it the grip it needs to reach its point of rotation. He’s doing this from a much straighter approach to a much earlier vertex. “declared Windsor in his technical video analysis. In the case of Verstappen, it’s easy to see how he deals with the dirty air around his Red Bull.
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“If Max has the feeling that the car in front is giving him enough dirty air and turbulence to take away the grip at the front. Almost through osmosis, not through a thought process, he feels when he hits the dirty air because it has happened.” He knows long in advance what the front is going to do, so he’ll prepare the front for this effect and maybe give the car a little more steering angle and get off the brake pedal a little more slowly to make sure that the front doesn’t come up quite as quickly. “
Windsor sees Verstappen demand more from his front end in dirty air, but not in such a way that he uses more of his tires. “He’s doing all of these things while his car can handle them well.” Windsor then praises Verstappen for mastering this skill so well. “These drivers do it naturally. It gives them a chance to adjust to the dirty air in front of them as to what will happen next, “concluded Windsor.
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