Max Verstappen has explained that, should he ever stop feeling "upset" about performing at a high level, it will signal that he is "not interested" in F1 anymore. Ahead of the recent Austrian Grand Prix, the reigning World Champion was asked whether he has worked with a psychologist – or spoken to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko – in an attempt to stay as calm as possible in the cockpit. It comes after Red Bull-backed AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda was given a psychologist as extra support amid ongoing radio outbursts.
Verstappen on venting his frustration over the radio
Verstappen himself has been frequently heard expressing frustration on the radio over the years, but insists this never negatively impacts his performance. "I didn't work with anyone, but of course over the years you look back at what you can do better, right?" Verstappen told media, including RacingNews365.com . "I don't think it helps the whole team if you come in really upset in a practice session, or whatever, because then everyone starts to be a bit nervous, and I think that doesn't help the overall performance. "I still sometimes get a bit upset on the radio, but I don't think it influences my performance, it's more about if things don't go well, if something is badly executed or I have a problem."
Verstappen: If I'm not upset, I won't be interested in F1
Verstappen added that, if this frustration ever leaves him, he will know his time in the sport should be coming to an end. "I think if the day comes that I'm not going to be upset about these things anymore, then I'm not interested in the sport anymore," he continued. "For me, it's also because I care about my result and I care about what I'm delivering or performing at the weekend, that I sometimes get upset about these things. "It's not influencing my performance during the race, but of course the way you work throughout the weekend is trying to be as calm as you can – some people are a bit more calm, some people are a bit more explosive. "That's how it works, but you can always work on these things."