Max Verstappen has taken yet another win in Miami, making it 3 for 3 in the races that he has completed. He also has certainly made it clear that he is all in for the defence of his championship title. In the two races that he didn’t win, the Dutch was fighting closely for the top spot with the winner of those two races, Charles Leclerc, but unfortunately couldn’t see the chequered flag following power issues with his RB18.
And as Red Bull is said to have gotten on top of most of its reliability issues, the remaining are continuing to trouble its drivers. For example, Max Verstappen had to get a gearbox change for FP2, in which he also suffered from hydraulics issues. On the other hand, Sergio Perez had a moment of a scare as he reported a drastic power loss, which also cost him 7 seconds in a lap to Carlos Sainz.
The Race’s Scott Michel writes, “If Red Bull doesn’t, expected Verstappen’s dissatisfaction to quickly come to the surface. The most painful problems left him playing catch up in a big way early in this season and he knows he cannot afford further issues derailing his recovery,” as the reigning champion wants no hiccups with his car, and by extension his chances at the championship.
Max Verstappen’s slight discontentment
Max has been appreciative of the team’s efforts. He is always quick to thank the garage as soon as the race ends. But he also wants the team to strive for the best, with reliability issues as his primary concern and thus keeps them on their toes with his feedback.
Verstappen’s slight discontentment with the issues was visible in his post-race interview, where he said, “We’re still having a few issues we have to solve. We are quick, but as you can see, my Friday was terrible, which is not great if you want to have a good weekend. And also Checo had a few issues in the race, so we have to be on top of that. Clearly there is a lot of potential, we just need to make sure it’s reliable,” making his team sure that he doesn’t want any bumps in the coming fights for his championship.
Max currently stands second in the championship with 19 points deficit to Charles Leclerc. Losing more points in any of the races could mean his defence be blown up entirely. So keeping the team on toes is probably the best for the driver and everyone working on the RB18 itself.