Helmut Marko sheds light on Max Verstappen’s ‘very complex’ issue amid Red Bull struggles

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MAX VERSTAPPEN has been compelled to retire on two events for the reason that begin of the brand new Method One season.

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Pink Bull advisor Helmut Marko has opened up on the ‘very complicated’ gas pump challenge that compelled Max Verstappen to retire from final weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, which was finally received by Charles Leclerc of Ferrari. Verstappen appeared set to assert a second-placed end and loads of beneficial factors till he was struck by a race-ending mechanical downside because the 58-lap contest grew into its closing levels on the streets of Melbourne.

The incident marked Verstappen’s second retirement in simply three races, with the Dutchman slipping to sixth place within the Drivers’ Championship standings as a direct results of this 12 months’s reliability points. Marko has since revealed that Pink Bull have recognized the issue and found that it was totally totally different from the gas pump failure that ended Verstappen’s hopes of victory on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

“We now have a tricky activity forward of us,” Marko instructed Speedweek within the speedy aftermath of Sunday’s race in Australia when quizzed on what went mistaken for Verstappen.

“We have been in a position to make clear the reason for the gas leak in Max’s automobile. The matter could be very complicated. The issue is completely totally different from that of Bahrain.”

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Helmut Marko sheds light on Max Verstappen’s ‘very complex’ issue amid Red Bull struggles

Helmut Marko has opened up on the difficulty that struck Max Verstappen in Melbourne (Picture: GETTY)

Verstappen had been operating in second for the overwhelming majority of the race in Australia and even got here near snatching the lead after a security automobile restart earlier than he was finally compelled to retire on lap 38. The 24-year-old will likely be desperately hoping for Pink Bull to have efficiently addressed their lack of reliability by the point F1 returns to Imola for subsequent weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The chequered flag was taken by Verstappen in final 12 months’s occasion however the Pink Bull man will merely be hoping to finish all 63 laps on the subsequent time of asking with the intention to make it to the end line with out being stopped by any new mechanical failures. He just lately insisted that he is not going to stand any likelihood of defending his Drivers’ Championship title if Pink Bull are unable to place issues proper as a matter of precedence over the approaching weeks and months.

“We’re already to this point down within the championship that from now onwards, principally you first have to be quicker than them [Ferrari], which we’re not, and nil issues with the automobile which we additionally do not have,” he mentioned after his newest retirement in Melbourne.

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Helmut Marko sheds light on Max Verstappen’s ‘very complex’ issue amid Red Bull struggles

Pink Bull will likely be hoping to resolve their reliability points forward of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (Picture: EXPRESS)

“So it is going to be a giant activity. It was only a horrible race, simply no tempo. I could not push as a result of the tyres have been simply getting destroyed.

“At this time normally was only a unhealthy day once more. Not likely having the tempo, I used to be simply managing my tyres to try to simply convey it to the top as a result of it appeared like fairly a straightforward P2 anyway.

“I knew I couldn’t battle Charles, so there was no level in making an attempt to place stress on him. However we didn’t even end the race so it’s fairly irritating and unacceptable.”



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