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Max Verstappen worried about Red Bull reliability despite title momentum against Ferrari and Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen worried about Red Bull reliability despite title momentum against Ferrari and Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen has won three out of five races this season – but DNF in the other two and therefore remains behind Charles Leclerc in the championship; Verstappen says Red Bull has ‘issues to work out’ as he considers Spanish GP, live on Sky Sports F1 on May 22

Last update: 05/10/22 5:03 p.m.

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Max Verstappen admits Red Bull’s reliability issues are the main concern as they hope to close the points gap with Ferrari.

Max Verstappen admits Red Bull’s reliability issues are the main concern as they hope to close the points gap with Ferrari.

Max Verstappen says Red Bull still have “problems to work out” if they are to beat Ferrari and Charles Leclerc to this year’s Formula 1 titles, calling on his team to improve despite back-to-back wins.

Verstappen is now the overwhelming favorite to defend his F1 crown this year after winning the Emilia-Romagna and Miami GPs in impressive fashion, comfortably edging out Leclerc in the race on both occasions.

These triumphs extend Verstappen’s record of winning every race he has finished this season, but the Dutchman, while embracing a fast car, is also concerned about the team’s reliability issues.

Although that ultimately didn’t impact his final result, after Sunday’s race Verstappen highlighted his “terrible” disruption on Friday in Miami as he suffered a hydraulic leak, following DNF in Bahrain and Australia.

“We still have a few issues to work out,” said Verstappen, whose teammate Sergio Perez suffered engine trouble during the race. “We’re going fast, but my Friday was terrible… which isn’t great if you want to have a good weekend.

Sky Sports' Karun Chandhok takes a closer look at how Max Verstappen claimed victory at the Miami GP.

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Sky Sports’ Karun Chandhok takes a closer look at how Max Verstappen claimed victory at the Miami GP.

Sky Sports’ Karun Chandhok takes a closer look at how Max Verstappen claimed victory at the Miami GP.

“And also Checo had some issues during the race so we have to be above that. But clearly there’s a lot of potential, we just have to make sure he’s reliable.”

Talk to Sky Sports F1Verstappen admitted his 2022 season should be “even better” and added: “We have to make sure these things don’t happen… of course we’re working hard on that.”

Verstappen said after qualifying on Saturday – where he only came third – that Red Bull “cannot afford” to suffer more unreliability if they want to overhaul Ferrari and Leclerc, whose Title advances were cut.

Max Verstappen made his way to the podium with a police escort in Miami!

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Max Verstappen made his way to the podium with a police escort in Miami!

Max Verstappen made his way to the podium with a police escort in Miami!

“We just have to have a really positive weekend without problems,” he continued.

“I think of course, Imola, we’ve had that, but it’s still a bit too random, so we just have to make sure we’re more reliable and on top of things.

“But as you can see the car is fast. I’m very happy with it, I mean if you’re slow and reliable it’s probably not a good thing either!”

Horner acknowledges Red Bull’s problems but happy with speed

Verstappen didn’t have a reliability problem during the Miami GP, unlike his teammate Perez.

Perez suffered from engine problems throughout the race which caused him to lose power and possibly cost him a chance to win as he was stuck in fourth despite fitting new tires after the car of security.

“Of course reliability is going to be an issue,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports F1.

Max Verstappen now leads the Miami GP with a nice maneuver on Charles Leclerc

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Max Verstappen now leads the Miami GP with a nice maneuver on Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen now leads the Miami GP with a nice maneuver on Charles Leclerc

“We had a sensor issue on Checo’s engine and the guys did well to move them, but he lost about 30 horsepower with that.

“He was losing half a second per lap.”

Horner, however, thinks Red Bull is heading in the right direction – with its particularly impressive straight-line speed.

“We saw at Imola how quickly things can change and we have some interesting races ahead and the car is working well,” he said.

“We have developments coming later this summer which will help, we need to lose weight but overall I think we are on a good trajectory.”

The Formula 1 season continues with the Spanish GP at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. You can watch all the action live on Sky Sports F1 from 20-22 May.


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