The world champion was even really annoyed on the pit radio, complaining loudly: “We are not even able to get DRS to work.” Verstappen’s rage had consequences: “In his justified anger, Max always pressed the DRS button x times pressed,” reveals Marko. “We then told him to stay calm and only push when the car is straight again and not on the curbs.”
The reason for the surprising defect in the folding rear spoiler is a weight reduction, which was only made on Verstappen’s Red Bull. “At the pace of development, we can’t do everything for two cars at the same time,” admits the man from Graz. “It’s a balancing act, but when you have too much weight, you have to start making parts lighter. A limit has been crossed. Then parts bend or no longer have the rigidity.”
“I was supposed to get the position I gave Max back later,” complains Perez, who had also complained on the pit radio. “But I haven’t. Then also the change to faster three stops at Max.
We have to discuss internally that this continues fairly.”
Helmut Marko does not see his number two as clearly disadvantaged. “The two were on different strategies,” explains the doctor of law. “It was clear that Checo would not be able to finish with its set of tyres. It was obvious that Max was the faster. We switched to three stops due to Max’s DRS error because we saw that he couldn’t get past Russell otherwise. Two stops were planned with Checo. But at the end we gave him soft tires so that he could set the fastest lap. It’s understandable that he’s upset about the situation: he has victory in mind. Nobody says ‘yes please, drive over’. Otherwise he wouldn’t be a real racing driver.”
Despite the current run, Red Bull can’t use internal team quarrels, and the racing team management knows that. Marko: “The fight with Ferrari continues, Mercedes is getting closer, at some point they will be able to drive at the front on their own.”
The Austrian therefore demands: “In the future we have to make everything a little less stressful and work even harder. Leclerc is known to be super fast in Monaco because it’s his home. Then it will be a question of who is in front, because overtaking is practically impossible.” Then a problem with the DRS is not so bad.