Red Bull explains late Verstappen problem that helped avert F1 fastest lap bid


The Dutchman had actually opened a strong lead towards completion of the Monza race, after biding his group early in the grand prix as he fought Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz for the win prior to he relocated to the front.

But his hopes of a simple cruise to the flag suffered a late blow when his group began the radio a couple of laps from the chequered flag and prompted him to withdraw and not come up to a gaggle of backmarkers.

The group did not define what the issue was to Verstappen, however they advised him to increase lift and coast through the lap– which cost him a number of seconds – and not surround backmarker Pierre Gasly ahead.

Although the circumstance triggered a small little bit of drama, Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has actually confessed that there was a favorable to it, because it avoided Verstappen from taking some dangers of gunning for a late fastest lap.

” It had to do with the temperature levels, to prevent them from increasing even more,” he described. “We needed to keep a few of the temperature levels within a specific window.

” Max was 12 seconds ahead too, so there was no factor to press or to take any dangers. On the other hand, it was likewise great since his fastest lap concept could not turn up.”

Red Bull group principal Christian Horner stated that there was no instant threat to Verstappen due to the fact that of the temperature levels, however the choice to slow him was more based upon what would take place if he began following other vehicles.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, 1st position, celebrates on his way to Parc Ferme

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, 1st position, commemorates on his method to Parc Ferme

Photo by: Andy Hone/ Motorsport Images

” He was handling some temperature level concerns, and we simply didn’t wish to take any danger,” stated Horner.

” It was a stinking hot day, and we had a number of temperature levels that were under control, however there’s a lot of vehicles ahead of [Pierre] Gasly and we simply didn’t wish to run in unclean air. That’s why we took it a bit simpler the last couple of laps.”

The late concerns on Verstappen’s cars and truck came at completion of a race that had actually begun with issues about the Honda power systems, following Yuki Tsunoda stopping working to make the start.

The Japanese chauffeur’s AlphaTauri had actually stopped on the development lap on the diminished to Parabolica, setting off an aborted start for the Italian GP.

With Red Bull running the very same Honda engines, there was undoubtedly a threat of any issues Tsunoda had with his power system affecting the sis group– however this issue was rapidly dismissed.

As Marko described: “We discovered the cause reasonably quickly, which was not something of issue [for Honda], it was something particular for that vehicle.”

Additional reporting by Ronald Vording and Filip Cleeren

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