Jos Verstappen has vocalised that he and his son Max, are starting to “question everything” at the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, as frustrations climax after the latters recent run of retirements.
This comes after salt was rubbed further into Max Verstappen’s wounds during the Belgium Grand Prix last weekend, when he experienced another engine failure while running in fifth place.
In an interview with Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport, Jos Verstappen said the situation was getting very difficult to accept – but he drew short of saying that the time had come to start looking for another team.
When asked if leaving Red Bull is an option, the ex Formula One racer said; “Maybe this is the wrong moment to ask this question, but you do start to question everything.
“I notice about Max that he’s very disappointed. It’s tough to keep yourself motivated the whole time when things are going like this.
“I mean, he’s doing very well in qualifying, he’s half a second quicker than his team mate and he’s just behind the Ferraris.
“And then, after seven or eight laps, he’s standing at the side of the track again. This should not be able to happen, certainly not at a top team.”
Verstappen also down played statements that his son’s driving style had anything to do with the ‘plague’ like failures.
“Max can’t do anything. Max isn’t doing anything wrong,” added Jos “People are asking that question again if Max is being too tough on his equipment. But that’s complete nonsense.
“He can’t overdrive, he can’t break the material. We all know what it is: it’s just the equipment that isn’t good enough.”
Talks surrounding the salvageability of this season for (Max) Verstappen were backed up by Jos, saying; “This year certainly not.
“I think we all need to calm down for a bit and then maybe we need to sit down with each other because this won’t last if things keep going like this.”
The younger Verstappen – Max – also voiced his frustrations after his car fired back up again when it returned to the garage post Belgium Grand Prix.
Red Bull have revealed the ‘failure’ was in conjunction with a sensor that shut down the power unit, after warnings that pressure was sky rocketing in the fourth cylinder.
This sensor system was implemented to reduce reliability problems, after the constant ‘blowing up of engines’ at the beginning of the year forced the team to introduce it as a safety mode, shutting down the power unit, before it spills it’s guts.
“Because we blew up a few engines at the start of the season, they have built a kind of safety mode,” said (Max) Verstappen.
“But at that moment, when the engine goes into that, it doesn’t run any more. So when the car came back, they removed the plug, put it back again and the engine worked.
“They want to play safe and not to blow the engine, but I prefer that [blowing the engine] than it shuts down the engine and it runs again at the next restart.”
With a rather alarming six retirements so far this year, Verstappen has made it no secret that his situation at Red Bull is becoming increasingly frustrating.
The Dutch driver has mentioned that he’s let Red Bulls motorsports advisor know how annoyed he is and voiced his frustration.
“I’ve spoken with Helmut again today and told him that I’m not happy,” declared Verstappen. “The fun fades away.
“You go on holiday, charge yourself after a kind of terrible [first part of the] season and then you arrive at Spa and it goes wrong.”
“You sign a deal with Red Bull and you want a winning package.” he added.
“We don’t have that at the moment. I’ve let them know I’m not happy, just like after the previous DNF, but it’s only getting worse, of course.
“I know it isn’t coming from Red Bull, but in the end it’s the entire package you are depending on.”
Verstappen also denied that he was considering shredding his contract with the Austrian team, but didn’t indicate what his plans were after his contract has expired.
“No, that’s not possible,” he said after being questioned on walking away from Red Bull.
“The problem with F1 is that the differences are too big. We can’t do much at the moment.
“If you would win everywhere, it’s fine to go from Toro Rosso to Red Bull. Everything improves, but in the end you are behind and there isn’t much progress within the year. That’s not nice.”
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