The reigning world champion, Max Verstappen, won the inaugural Miami GP despite being put under immense pressure from the championship leader, Charles Leclerc. We saw Max Verstappen tested throughout the weekend by the two Ferraris and also his own challenger, RB-18. The Dutchman showed why he deserves to be one of the challengers for the title this year too.
Miami was a new circuit and every driver would have wanted to put in as many laps as they could before qualifying so that they can learn the track inside out. But, unfortunately for Max Verstappen, he couldn’t do that. He was forced out of almost two practice sessions because of a hydraulic issue which made it impossible for him to steer the car. The Dutchman did get in a few laps in FP3 but we all knew that wasn’t enough by any stretch of the imagination.
Despite of all the speed bumps, Max Verstappen grinded out a mammoth performance to secure P3 in qualifying and eventually win the race after being hassled by Charles Leclerc. But this wasn’t ideal for Christian Horner since Sergio Perez faced a sensor failure which costed him that potential podium place. Red Bull need to make the car more reliable if they want to keep competing with Ferrari.
Max Verstappen still concerned about the reliability of the RB-18 even after securing a win in Miami
Max Verstappen addressed the abovementioned issue of reliability in one of his interviews. The reigning world champion said, “We just have to nail down a really positive weekend without issues. I think, of course, Imola we had that, but it’s still a bit of a hit and miss too much. So we just have to make sure we are more reliable and more on top of things.”
“But as you can see, the car is quick. I’m very happy about that. I mean, if you would be slow and reliable, that’s probably also not a good thing,” as reported by planetf1.
Both Christian Horner and Max Verstappen are worried about the performance of the RB-18, despite a perfect weekend in Imola and win for the Dutchman in Miami. The car needs to be more reliable for them to win both the championships.