Max Verstappen has urged his Red Bull Racing squad to be more consistent and deliver a weekend like the one in Imola.
Even after winning a race, Verstappen is dissatisfied with the situation at Red Bull. After two DNFs in the first three races, the Dutchman may have assumed that his problems would resurface during the first two practise sessions in Miami.
His gearbox was changed as a precaution after issues in FP1, but his FP2 was significantly worse after a fire broke out in the car, limiting him to only one lap.
The vehicle finally recovered to finish third in qualifying before Verstappen converted that into a race win, but the 24-year-old wants to see more positives than he did at Imola.
When challenged about his continued reliability troubles, he responded, “We simply have to nail down a really fantastic weekend without issues.”
“I think, of course, Imola we had that, but it’s still a bit of a hit and miss too much. So we just have to make sure we are more reliable and more on top of things.
“But as you can see, the car is quick. I’m very happy about that. I mean, if you would be slow and reliable, that’s probably also not a good thing.”
When asked about the RB18’s issues, Red Bull team leader Christian Horner said the car was not unstable.
“I think there have been niggly things you would normally have seen in pre-season testing that have only reared their head as we have got into the season, so that’s been frustrating,” Horner said, as reported by GPFans.
“We are working closely with HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) and they are giving us great support, so I think we will get those ironed out.”
Sergio Perez, according to Horner, might have battled for P2 if his car had not broken down during Sunday’s race.