Max Verstappen criticizes Red Bull after more reliability issues at Miami GP

The Dutch driver will start third on the starting grid of the Miami GP (Photo: Getty)

Max Verstappen has criticized his Red Bull team for the reliability issues that have plagued his season and continued into the Miami Grand Prix.

The Dutchman has had a difficult weekend in the States so far, with his car breaking down repeatedly during Friday practice sessions, limiting his time at the new Miami International Speedway.

He recovered well on Saturday, qualifying third on the grid behind Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr., and as such still has a strong chance of winning Sunday night’s race.

However, he could have done better as a mistake on his final lap cost him a chance to overtake his closest rivals for pole position and the reigning world champion was not at all happy after qualifying.

He said: ‘That just about sums up my weekend, it’s been incredibly messy.

“We just make it very difficult for ourselves. Yesterday I only did four or five laps and you can’t afford that on a new track, and on a street circuit in general, because it’s very important to lap and understand the car.

Miami F1 Grand Prix - Final Practice

The Red Bull 2022 car is very fast but very unreliable (Photo: Getty)

‘On a normal track it’s quite easy to get into a rhythm, but on a street circuit it’s much more difficult, and we basically failed on that side.

“You start today still learning the track, trying to find a set-up because yesterday you had no idea what worked because we didn’t have a lot of data to look at.

While the Red Bull RB 18 car is very close to the pace leaders Ferrari, reliability issues have hampered its season.

Verstappen failed to finish two of the first four races in 2022, in Bahrain and Australia, and his car broke down while on the podium places.

However, he won the other two rounds in Saudi Arabia and Imola and as such remains second in the standings, 27 points behind Leclerc.

‘Of course, we have experience [enough] to recover a lot, but to really fight against a strong team like that, we can’t afford it’, the 24-year-old added.

‘We were still close, but we could have done a much better job today if we had a cleaner Friday.

“Up to a point it was fine, but to really push the limit and try to find more time, in Q3 I was still figuring out a lot of things in terms of braking and brake shapes and all these sorts of things to try to be quicker. .

“But I think we can do a lot better just by running a little bit cleaner and smoother.”

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