99 issues, tires were one of them

Pole place, dash victory and (nearly) the whole orange military arrived from Holland – every part was set for Max Verstappen in Austria for the proper weekend. Then got here the frustration of the race: the shortage of tempo and particularly the heavy tire put on appeared to make Red Bull look outdated in comparison with Ferrari. Or? Verstappen is battling the mysterious residence race issues, which, nonetheless, will not be simply because of excessive tire put on.

Too many issues prevented Verstappen from successful

“Not solely the tyres, but additionally how we created the set-up,” says Max Verstappen, describing the various small facets of the shortage of tempo on the Red Bull Ring. And they were quite a few: “But not solely the configuration. The bundle we had in Austria was not good both!” In quick: in some way every part was an issue. Not simply the tires, however the setup as effectively. But not solely that, the bundle was additionally not appropriate. Also: The Silverstone improve didn’t present the specified efficiency achieve. And one other downside: Red Bull solely got here to those conclusions after the race.

The place at the top of the podium was out of reach for Max Verstappen at the Red Bull Ring, Photo: LAT Images
The place on the prime of the rostrum was out of attain for Max Verstappen on the Red Bull Ring, Photo: LAT Images

It appeared that too many particulars had gone mistaken for the workforce from Milton Keynes in Spielberg. Also updates? “Some issues coincided,” says Max Verstappen considerably cryptically. Had Red Bull gone down the mistaken path in creating the RB18? “Just just a few totally different concepts,” was Verstappen’s uninformative reply. The world champion didn’t need to reveal extra particulars.

Ferrari above, Red Bull under expectations

The dash weekend most likely performed its half on this as effectively. With solely one free follow session earlier than qualifying, groups and drivers have little time to seek out the optimum set-up. “It was a really hectic weekend!” Max Verstappen admitted. “The automobile undoubtedly did not present what we anticipated!”

Design genius Adrian Newey looks for a solution, photo: LAT Images
Design genius Adrian Newey seems to be for an answer, photograph: LAT Images

Also, World Cup contender Ferrari was stronger than Red Bull anticipated. The Scuderia confirmed good tempo all weekend and regarded a surefire one-two for the Maranello workforce. Carlos Sainz’s automobile then burst into flames. “But we were undoubtedly under our expectations!” Max Verstappen places Ferrari’s efficiency into perspective. “On a superb day we will combat them effectively. But we have not had a superb day!”

Verstappen: Red Bull should present what we will do

Red Bull should not less than return to regular efficiency degree. “Hopefully we may be extra aggressive with what we have discovered,” Max Verstappen tries to see one thing constructive from Spielberg’s dilemma. Important for the combat for the world championship. Which the reigning champion nearly overturned after Melbourne: “It reveals how shortly every part can change. We cannot make errors!”

Dietrich Mateschitz’s workforce then benefited from failures and suboptimal methods from Ferrari’s pit wall. Despite a 38-point lead, Max Verstappen sees himself because the chaser, identical to firstly of the season: “Ferrari had extra dominant weekends than us.” Most importantly, RB18 updates ought to work wonderful now. “Just as a result of Red Bull has been good at creating the automobile up to now doesn’t suggest it is robotically that approach,” warns the Dutchman. “If you suppose like that, you are falling behind. We must show that we’re good at it!”

Max Verstappen would not be averse to a extra highly effective Mercedes in France both: “It’s good for the game when three totally different groups are combating on the entrance. Good for me, extra can occur on the entrance!” The ultimate is, of course, with a greater consequence for the reigning world champion.

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