Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in

Verstappen critical of Red Bull: I'm not happy with second

Max Verstappen struggled to hide his frustration at being denied the opportunity to register his second Formula 1 win of the season in Saudi Arabia after mechanical troubles.

Max Verstappen was left frustrated by the Saudi Arabian Formula 1 weekend after recovering to finish runner-up to teammate Sergio Perez. The Dutchman was faced with the task of climbing from P15 on the grid in Jeddah, following a driveshaft issue during Saturday's qualifying hour. The Red Bull driver had a degree of fortune with the timing of the Safety Car, which helped place him in P4 at the restart. From there, Verstappen progressed to P2 and set his sights on catching Perez, but car worries prompted the team to call off any battle between the two. Speaking to media after the race, Verstappen struggled to hide his frustrations, despite the team taking 87 out of a possible 88 points so far this season. "Of course, in general, the whole feeling in the team, everyone is happy, but personally I'm not happy," admitted Verstappen to media, including RacingNews365.com . "Because I'm not here to be second, especially when you are working very hard, also back at the factory, to make sure that you arrive here in a good state and basically making sure that everything is spot on. "And then you have to do a recovery race, which I like. I mean, I don't mind doing it, but it's when you're fighting for a championship and, especially when it looks like it's just between two cars, we have to make sure that also the two cars are reliable."

Verstappen: We must be better as a team

When speaking to Viaplay after the race, Verstappen said that he targeted the extra fastest lap point to limit the damage at a race that he believes could have been 'completely different' for him. "I already had a s*** day yesterday, then when you are second, you want to take that extra point," commented Verstappen. "You just have to be better as a team and not have the problems, then it would have been a completely different race for me. We limited the damage, but we should have just won here."

LATEST Honda in Verstappen revelation ahead of Red Bull exit