Jos Verstappen: Red Bull exerted little influence to help Max

Jos Verstappen: Red Bull exerted little influence to help Max

Jos Verstappen: Red Bull exerted little influence to help Max

Jos Verstappen hit out at Red Bull claiming that the team did not exert enough influence to help his son Max, who was struggling for pace around Monaco.

Despite winning in Monaco in 2021, Max Verstappen struggle to get into the groove at the same venue in 2022, while teammate Sergio Perez was on better form, and capitalized on Ferrari’s mess to take the win.

Jos Verstappen reflected on his son’s race in Monaco, and wrote on the latter’s official website: “Max’s third place was very disappointing. We all saw that it was a difficult weekend for him.

“It starts with the car, which simply doesn’t have the characteristics for his driving style yet,” he revealed. “Max has far too little grip at the front axle. And especially in Monaco, with all those short corners, you need a car that turns very quickly. That was just hard.”

The 2021 Formula 1 Champion finished the race in Monaco third, and and Verstappen Sr. believes that team did not favor him with the strategy, given he is leading the Championship this year.

“Red Bull achieved a good result, but at the same time exerted little influence to help Max to the front,” Jos claimed. “That he finished third, he owes to Ferrari’s mistake at that second stop of Charles Leclerc.

Championship leader should be favored

“The championship leader, Max, was not helped in that sense by the chosen strategy. It turned completely to Checo’s favour.

“That was disappointing to me, and I would have liked it to be different for the championship leader,” he wrote.

“Pérez actually won the race because of the earlier pit stop,” Verstappen Sr. went on. “The team can perhaps explain that as a gamble, but they had already seen, with for example Gasly, that the intermediates were the best option at that time.

“I would have liked them to go for Max, but of course I am not entirely objective,” a candid Jos stated. “I think ten points from Max have been thrown away here. Especially with the two retirements we’ve had, we need every point. Don’t forget that Ferrari currently has a better car, especially in qualifying.”

Verstappen Sr. also took a  veiled swipe at Perez, and his qualifying crash which prevented Max from having another run in Q3.

He said: “Max also had bad luck in qualifying, because in his last run he was significantly faster and on his way to second place, until the crash of Pérez. Then everything would have been different.

“Apart from all this, I am happy for Checo,” Jos maintained. “Winning in Monaco is of course something special and I hope he enjoys it.

“And from now on, it’s full focus on the next races in Baku and Canada,” he concluded.