Red Bull claims it is unconcerned about Max Verstappen’s dissatisfaction with recent reliability issues because both the team and the driver are focused on winning in Formula 1.
Verstappen has been frustrated at times this season, as his duel with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has been heated all season.
On the reliability front, Verstappen has had some setbacks, missing podium places – and precious points – in both the Bahrain and Australian Grands Prix.
In the wake of the troubles that hampered his Friday run at the Miami Grand Prix, he also suggested the team needs to quit making weekends tough for itself.
Jos Verstappen, his father, later said that he understood why his son was ‘a little angry’ about things.
When asked about the pressure Verstappen was putting on the squad, Horner responded, “We’re a team, we’re all in it together.”
“We’re pushing him and he’s pushing us as a team dynamic. I don’t think we ever expected after last year, when it went to the last race, to be so competitive so early this season.”
Verstappen’s racing style has been complimented by Horner, who believes he has simply carried over his world championship form from 2021.
“I think he’s driving with great maturity and he’s doing a really super job,” said Horner. “Last year Max was driving at an incredible level and this year he’s just continued.”
“There’s a long way to go. And I think it’s so tight with Ferrari, it’s been some great racing, and you can see that there’s a great respect between Charles and Max.
“They’re enjoying racing each other, you can see that. I was rather hoping we weren’t set for another competitive year like last year, but it looks like this one could well go all the way as well.”