F1 Miami Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Leclerc on POLE, Verstappen third & Hamilton to start SIXTH

Verstappen criticizes ‘incredibly messy Red Bull build-up’

Max Verstappen criticized his Red Bull team for making things “super difficult” for the Miami Grand Prix. writes KIRO EVANS.

The F1 world champion admitted it had been an “incredibly messy” weekend, with the team’s misfortunes capped by Verstappen’s failed final lap in qualifying.

He will start third in Sunday’s race behind the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who blocked the front row.

Verstappen will need to defeat title rival Leclerc if he is to close the 27-point deficit between them in the drivers’ championship.

But so far it’s been a frustrating weekend for the 24-year-old, with his practice sessions cut short for various reasons, including the brake fire in second practice.

Asked how he will approach the start of the race, the Dutchman said: “I haven’t seen any other starts and honestly I can’t tell you because I haven’t done a left-side start or a right-side start. , so yes. I mean, that just about sums up my weekend: it’s been incredibly messy. We just make it very difficult for ourselves.

“Basically no… well, four or five laps yesterday, then you start today still learning the track, try to find a setup because yesterday you have no idea what of course works, because there really isn’t a lot of data to look at.

“And of course I’m still happy to be in third position and very close to the guys next to me. But yeah, I think we can do a lot better if we just run a little bit cleaner and smoother.”

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