Max Verstappen Wants the FIA to Put a Tighter Leash on Mercedes F1
After winning the French Grand Prix, Max Verstappen claims the team’s triumph at Circuit Paul Ricard suggests Red Bull has broken no rules. Furthermore, the dutch demands FIA should introduce front wing checks as well.
Max Verstappen achieved his first-ever victory at La Castellet after he beat the reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton, on the penultimate lap. Although the Dutch made an unexpected error at Turn 1 at the start of the race, he soon found himself back in the lead.
This has been an exceptional result for the 23-year-old, who involved in a frightening crash at Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Meanwhile, the seven-time world champion finished P2, and Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez finished at P3.
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What did Max Verstappen say?
Mercedes had continuously criticized Red Bull regarding their rear wings. Therefore, the FIA clamped down on the rule loophole by establishing new rigidity tests from France onwards.
However, Red Bull has also pointed out fingers on Silver arrows frequently, stating if the rear wings of the Milton Keynes-based team are under scrutiny then FIA should also inspect the front wings of Mercedes.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen ahead of Styrian Grand Prix claims that victory at Paul Ricard showed everything has handled correctly by his team and admitted that the investigation should extend to the front wing as well.
“I do think when you are checking the rear wing, you should also be checking the front wing.” said Max Verstappen at the driver’s press conference ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix.
“Because I think the front wing has a bigger effect on the car. It’s up to the FIA now of course to do these checks. Clearly, they have done the checks on the rear wing, so it’s up to them.”
Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner on accusations
After securing the double podium at Le Castellet, the Milton Keynes-based team have extended their lead over Mercedes by 37 points in the Constructors’ Championship.
The dutch overtake the 7-time time world champion with just two laps remaining after a clever pit stop strategy by Christian Horner and co.
When asked how much of a relief it was to win the French GP despite the technical directives from the FIA, Christian Horner said: “A lot of comments have been made in the last few weeks. We’ve had accusations made. But we’ve complied with the rules and the way that we’ve reacted I think shows the strength and depth, that our performance isn’t based on rear wing flexibility.”
“[At] all times we’ve always followed the prescriptions from Pirelli, and obviously the increase in tire pressure this weekend was challenging for all the teams. But again, the engineering team have done a great job in optimising the car around it.”
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