Dr Helmut Marko is bracing himself for a “timebomb” to go off if Max Verstappen suffers extra reliability points this season.
The Dutchman’s World Championship title defence has began fairly dismally after a gasoline strain difficulty noticed him retire from the season opener in Bahrain and a gasoline leak compelled him to come back to a shuddering halt on the Australian Grand Prix.
Sandwiched in between the 2 DNFs was victory on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with the 25 factors earned in Jeddah leaving Verstappen P6 within the Drivers’ Championship as we head in direction of spherical 4 at Imola this weekend.
Crimson Bull’s motorsport advisor, Marko, believes Verstappen is absorbing the early blows nicely – however is cautious of the World Champion changing into extra irate if Crimson Bull don’t get a grip of their reliability points quickly.
“He’s loads calmer,” Marko advised the Austrian broadcaster ORF.
“After his retirement [in Australia], he returned to the pit field and we mentioned issues calmly.
Nonetheless, on this case, we knew we may run into that drawback, as a result of we additionally needed to take care of that in qualifying, so it didn’t come out of the blue in that regard.
“He’s an emotional and passionate driver who will all the time give his opinion. However, in my opinion, he’s loads calmer, calmer than previously.
“If we don’t win once more quickly, then he’s certainly a time bomb!”
Verstappen mentioned after the Australian Grand Prix that he’s already shedding hope of retaining his World Championship title crown, with the hole to chief Charles Leclerc at a reasonably chunky 46 factors.
“For the time being, there isn’t any cause to consider in it,” a dejected Verstappen mentioned in Melbourne.
“We have to be quicker than them [Ferrari], which we’re not.
“And have zero issues with the automotive, which we additionally don’t have.
“So it’s going to be an enormous process.”