Max Verstappen’s team radio meltdowns during races are a “disappointing” trait, according to former Channel 4 commentator Ben Edwards. Edwards said he was “surprised” to hear Vertsappen’s criticism of the team when issues developed.
He warns Verstappen should work with the team to get the best possible result and stressed the relationship between them is ‘important’. However, he added that Verstappen was still maturing as a driver and could lose his temper tantrums as he continues to develop behind the wheel.
The defending champion was very critical of his team in some races despite his success on the track. In Bahrain, Verstappen claimed he would never take his team’s advice to go easy on the lap after pitting in a snap after losing position to Charles Leclerc.
He also criticized the team’s mechanical breakdowns during post-race pen interviews as well as during races. In Spain, the Dutchman repeatedly insulted his race engineer after his DRS failed to open.
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Speaking to Express Sport, Edwards said: “Yeah, I find it a little surprising that he’s still like that on the radio. I think he’s maturing a lot and watching his riding style, he’s a champ. of the world, it is maturing all the time.
“I think actually this weekend was another lesson for him. He ended up winning the race anyway, even though things weren’t perfect and you kind of have to work on things and you can still come out on top.
“He’s learning that, he’s still young, even though he’s been in Formula 1 for quite a while and maturing. But I find it a bit disappointing when he’s so hard on the team, when yes, of course , something is wrong, but they have to work together to do their best.
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“And he did it in the end and he delivered. I think that relationship with the team is important and it sometimes surprises me that he is so vocal on the radio.
“But I think it’s something that he will gradually mature and find other ways to deal with.” Despite concerns, Red Bull appear to have backed their actions with team principal Christian Horner defending their driver last week.
Horner stressed that Verstappenn’s actions were “understandable” given the issues he faced on track. The 48-year-old boss explained: “He was venting his frustration and there was a bit of road rage at times, which is understandable, he must have pressed the button about 50 times in a straight line.”