“He pinpoints a problem in a sentence”: Red Bull Technical Director talks about Max Verstappen’s role in improving the team’s performance

Red Bull Technical Director Pierre Waché talked about how Max Verstappen helped the team achieve their desired results by giving his inputs.

Max Verstappen is a force of nature, and his entire team at Red Bull can testify to that fact. The Dutchman, at only 25 years of age, has already won a World Championship title and is well on his way towards winning another. The racer is not only incredibly talented, he has sound knowledge of the workings of his car, which helps him give his inputs to improve the machinery. At an interview with De Telegraaf, the Red Bull Technical Director Pierre Waché spoke highly of Verstappen and his role in the team.

At the very beginning of the 2022 Championship season in F1, Red Bull did not fare as everyone had expected them to, after Verstappen’s Championship win last year. The team experienced some serious reliability issues with their RB-18, and they were rapidly falling behind Ferrari in the points. At that time, Max Verstappen gave some crucial inputs to help the race engineers improve his Red Bull racecar.

The RB Technical Director is thoroughly impressed with how Max Verstappen got involved with his team while they were working on his car. And he also talked about how Red Bull had to evolve a lot through the 2022 season to help Verstappen reach where he is today–only a few races away from winning his second World Championship title with a comfortable lead.

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Red Bull Technical Director thanks Max Verstappen’s clear-cut feedback for RB-18’s improvement

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When the season started with the Bahrain Grand Prix and both Max Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez had to retire from their run because of problems with their RB-18, it got all the people working at the Red Bull garage quite worried.

But the British team has come a long way from those initial days of the 2022 Championship season when Verstappen only hoped to finish the races and not retire midway to these final few races when he has built a 116-point lead over his nearest rival in the Standings.

Max Verstappen had a big role to play in Red Bull’s massive improvement in 2022. Speaking of how the Dutchman helped, Technical Director Pierre Waché said, “Max is very clear in his feedback. He is able to pinpoint a problem in one or two sentences. That helps us engineers a lot. Max is mature and that makes him even better.

Thus, it is quite evident that it is not just the fans, but even Max’s own team members are quite amazed at his journey and his overall performance in F1.

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at FirstSportz. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport. She is a proud McLaren fan who eagerly awaits the paddock's visit to Spa Francorchamps and hopes to attend the Monaco GP one day. A student of medicine, whenever she's not fawning over Daniel Ricciardo or rooting for Max Verstappen to become the next World Champion, Riddhi's either busy reading thrillers, debating, or playing with her six feline friends.