Max Verstappen at fault for difficult start to season as Red Bull chief shifts blame

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MAX VERSTAPPEN has endured a tough begin to his System One world drivers’ championship defence.

Max Verstappen at fault for difficult start to season as Red Bull chief shifts blame

Max Verstappen has been blamed for Pink Bull’s 2022 woes (Picture: GETTY)

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Pink Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen’s ‘aggressive’ driving model doesn’t swimsuit the brand new vehicles within the 2022 System One season. The crew have struggled within the opening weeks of the marketing campaign, with 2021 world champion Verstappen retiring twice. 

The Dutchman has endured a tough begin to 2022. Points together with his automotive compelled him to retire in each the Bahrain and Australian Grands Prix, though a win on the Saudi Arabian GP was sandwiched between. 

Verstappen is now sixth on the planet championship standings. As a substitute, Ferrari are threatening to run away with the world title as Mercedes are additionally struggling for efficiency. 

And Pink Bull chief Marko believes the crew’s points might be partially blamed on Verstappen. The 24-year-old has an aggressive driving model that the 78-year-old thinks isn’t suited to the brand new vehicles. 

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Max Verstappen at fault for difficult start to season as Red Bull chief shifts blame

Pink Bull advisor Helmut Marko has pointed at Max Verstappen’s ‘aggressive’ model (Picture: GETTY)

Requested why Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is quicker than team-mate Carlos Sainz, Marko instructed F1 Insider: “Oddly sufficient, we have now the other impact. Sergio Perez is way nearer to Max than was the case in 2021. The only rationalization for that is: the brand new vehicles with much less downforce swimsuit some drivers higher and others much less. 

“Sainz is an clever, very onerous employee. He’ll work off his backlog sooner or later. In Australia he was nearer, however then he was unfortunate with the pink flag and later with the steering wheel. Perez could be very pleased with the setup of the automotive. 

“Max finds it even more durable. He hasn’t discovered the correct steadiness but and subsequently does not have the fullest confidence within the automotive. His aggressive driving model does not fairly associate with the brand new vehicles.”

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Max Verstappen at fault for difficult start to season as Red Bull chief shifts blame

Max Verstappen will hope for a greater efficiency at Imola (Picture: EXPRESS SPORT)

Verstappen controversially gained his first title in 2021, overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap of the ultimate race in Abu Dhabi. Nonetheless, the motive force has insisted that he has been given little purpose to consider that successive championships are potential. 

“These sorts of issues, if you wish to battle for the title, can not occur. We should be sooner than them, which we’re not. And have zero issues with the automotive, which we additionally haven’t got.

“So it is going to be an enormous activity. In the meanwhile, there is no such thing as a purpose to consider in it.”

Verstappen will hope for a greater consequence on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend. It was the primary race he gained final season on his method to the world title. 

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