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Max Verstappen

Red Bull adamant unusual Verstappen issue has been solved

Despite Max Verstappen setting dominant times in the final free practice session in Miami, one issue remained for the Red Bull driver.

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Max Verstappen's dominant Formula 1 practice outings have been hampered by fitment issues with the headrest in his Red Bull car.

Verstappen was heard complaining about discomfort in the cockpit during Friday's practice sessions, and radioed his team to vent his frustration.

"Mate, my f***ing headrest again. I'm just stuck all the time in my head," he told his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase.

Speaking before FP3, Red Bull's Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko added an explanation to the persisting issues.

"We used a new headrest. A cable, which among other things also feeds the camera, got jammed in certain situations," Marko told ORF.

Marko described the cable as "a relatively thick cable with other signals in it", adding: "Max got his head stuck and couldn't move it. That was the reason why they looked to see where the cause was and how to fix it."

"It's not quite known yet if the headrest will be the same. We have to see if we can get some flexibility or more clearance in the cable routing. But it will be solved by the third practice."

During FP3, the team were seen to be assessing the headrest area during the final practice session, but it is not known if the issue has re-emerged.

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