After giving McLaren an advantage in Austria, Max Verstappen questions Red Bull’s strategy.
After nearly assisting Lando Norris to pole position in Austria, Max Verstappen has expressed his dissatisfaction with Red Bull.
Max Verstappen has expressed his dissatisfaction with Red Bull after he almost gave Lando Norris pole place for the Austrian Grand Prix by giving him a slipstream at the Red Bull Ring.
Verstappen won pole position by the tiniest of margins over the McLaren driver, with only 0.048s separating the two.
After being sent to the front of the pack on his final run, the championship leader was visibly upset during post-qualifying interviews, implying that he didn’t benefit from the slipstream, but those behind him did.
After taking the chequered flag, Verstappen was overheard shouting, “We will never, ever do that again,” as he crossed the line.
“That was P1, but we’ll discuss about it later,” said Gianpiero Lambiase, his race engineer.
It was evident from the immediate aftermath that there would be further conversations later in the evening.
“So, something to think about, but being twice on the pole despite the years is extremely good.
“So, maybe, we’ll be able to finish it tomorrow,” says the narrator.
Red Bull CEO Christian Horner, on the other hand, was overheard applauding his driver on his performance and later telling Sky Sports F1 that it’s in a driver’s instinct to demand more from the team.
Max is always striving for that little bit more, according to Horner. “I believe he was under the impression that there was more in the car today.
“We wanted to give him clean air for the last run because he experienced a small lock-up on the first run. As a result, he was placed at the head of the line.
“When you’re at the head of the line, you’re the one who makes the hole in the air. Lando, who was right behind him, got a minor tow as a result of this. That was the source of his dissatisfaction towards the end.
“Regardless, it was a fantastic performance, and having Checo so far ahead of the Mercedes is a fantastic team result.”
Tomorrow, Verstappen will try to expand his 18-point lead over Lewis Hamilton, who will start fourth on the grid behind Norris and Sergio Perez.
Meanwhile, George Russell will start ninth on the grid after a strong effort in the Williams saw him through to the final. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”