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(Reuters) – Double Formulation One world champion Max Verstappen discovered the silver lining in ending second to Purple Bull crew mate Sergio Perez in Azerbaijan on Sunday.
The crew’s third one-two end in 4 races this season left Verstappen six factors away from the Mexican in a two-horse title battle.
The Dutch driver began on the entrance row in Baku, taking the lead from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on lap 4 however pitting simply earlier than the security automotive was deployed.
Perez, but to pit and in a position to take action with out dropping place, made probably the most of his success.
Verstappen stated he had been experimenting all race with steering wheel settings, on the lookout for a greater steadiness within the automotive.
“I truly suppose that I discovered a very good compromise in the direction of the tip of the race as a result of I feel my final 10 laps have been loads stronger. And I felt loads happier with the automotive, how every part was behaving,” he advised reporters.
“So I feel all in all, I might be fairly happy with second,” added final yr’s race winner.
“I imply, after all you all the time wish to win, proper? However I feel typically you want these sorts of weekends to be taught and have a greater understanding of the automotive, of what the automotive must go sooner.
“And typically on the road circuit like this, it actually comes out. Generally these sorts of issues would possibly get a bit masked on a traditional monitor due to downforce and simply the final behaviour of a automotive.
“So, possibly this was a very good day, you understand, to go ahead.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Toby Davis)