Max Verstappen was “over the restrict” in qualifying for the Australian GP, ruining his possibilities of taking pole place says Helmut Marko.
The Austrian admitted he had hoped that successful final 12 months’s Drivers’ Championship title would have introduced “some calmness” to Verstappen’s type.
This 12 months’s championship has seen Verstappen and Charles Leclerc emerge as the 2 drivers to beat.
However whereas Leclerc has twice obtained the higher of Verstappen on grand prix Sundays, it’s truthful to say that the Dutchman’s Purple Bull has additionally twice obtained the higher of him with retirements in Bahrain and Australia. In each races he was operating P2 behind Leclerc.
That has left Verstappen down in sixth place within the Drivers’ standings, the 24-year-old on 25 factors, 46 behind Leclerc.
Verstappen can also be dropping within the qualifying competitors, the Dutchman but to place his RB18 on pole place with Leclerc twice P1 and Sergio Perez beating them each to the coveted grid slot in Saudi Arabia.
Marko, although, reckons Verstappen missed out in Australia via his personal over exuberance.
“He goes over the restrict, he needs an excessive amount of,” the Purple Bull motorsport advisor stated as per formula1news.co.uk.
“That didn’t work out right here within the final sector.
“We thought that with the World Championship title there can be some calmness from him, however he most likely wants one other title in order that he doesn’t go into qualifying with a lot strain.”
Verstappen, nevertheless, blamed the automobile.
“Not good. I didn’t actually really feel good within the automobile the entire weekend to date.
“I believe there’s not been one lap once I really felt assured, so a little bit of a battle.
“In fact, second continues to be a very good consequence, however simply not feeling that nice to go to the restrict. We’ll attempt to analyse it.
“For me this weekend to date it’s been in all places. I believe additionally as a crew we wish extra.”
Alas Verstappen didn’t get that within the race, retiring whereas operating up in second place.