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Verstappen tired of Red Bull speed questions

Verstappen achieved a 12-point lead over Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship in F1 with victory in France last weekend, overtaking the Briton on the penultimate lap.

Hamilton repeatedly referred to Red Bull’s straight-line speed at Paul Ricard, saying Mercedes couldn’t compete.

Red Bull’s performance in France came after the introduction of a new power unit of Honda, which happens to be the second engine of the year used by its pilots of the three who can ride without being penalized. But performance improvements are prohibited in power units and only modifications made for reliability reasons between different specifications are allowed.

Christian Horner said after France that he was “baffled” by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff’s comments on Red Bull’s power unit performance, pointing to the “much smaller rear wing” the team had been using to help your performance in a straight line.

Wolff clarified in Styria that he was not referring to the engine, but Horner responded to Hamilton’s theories.

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At the press conference after his pole position this Saturday for the Styrian Grand Prix, Verstappen answered a question about the Honda engine’s performance at altitude and highlighted Red Bull’s low downforce rear wing.

“I think next time I am going to bring an impression of the difference of the rear wing that we are running, and then I am going to hand it over to all journalists,” Verstappen said.

“Because I’ve been getting these questions (for) two or three weeks, that we are very fast on the straight, and yes we are. But look at our rear wing. I don’t think it’s exactly the same.”

“Without a doubt, Honda has done a great job compared to last year. But from our first engine to the one we have now in the car, it is all reliability improvements, and there is no clear advantage in terms of pure power.

“So I’m going to turn on my printer next time, and I’m going to deliver some images.”

Verstappen managed to overtake Mercedes by two tenths of a second at the Red Bull Ring to take pole on a track where power is important due to his long straight lines.

Hamilton again referenced the straight line speed of the Red Bull RB16B after qualifying.

“They’ve got back to straight line speed here this weekend, something that is difficult for us to compete with,” said Hamilton.

“But I’m very proud of the team for keeping pushing hard and not leaving a stone unturned.”

Gallery: Saturday’s photos from the Styrian F1 Grand Prix

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Pole Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

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Pole Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

Pole Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

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Pole Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

Pole Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

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Pole Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

Pole Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

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Pole winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme celebrates with the team

Pole winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme celebrates with the team

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Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes congratulates pole winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes congratulates pole winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

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Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes congratulates pole winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

Second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes congratulates pole winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, at Parc Ferme

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Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

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Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, and Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, return to the garage

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, and Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, return to the garage

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Foto de: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, comes out of the garage

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, comes out of the garage

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, outside the Aston Martin garage

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, outside the Aston Martin garage

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, comes out of the garage

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, comes out of the garage

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Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, exits the garage

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, exits the garage

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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, sale del garage

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, sale del garage

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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