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Max Verstappen

Verstappen takes swipe at Perez over Red Bull woe

Max Verstappen was not too pleased about the latest early exit from qualifying for Sergio Perez.

While Max Verstappen excelled with another pole position to add to his tally, Sergio Perez suffered another setback after exiting early following a strategic mistake.

It is the fifth time in a row that Perez has been knocked out before reaching Q3, which has affected Red Bull's ability to finish one-two in the races.

Verstappen appeared to criticise his teammate when speaking to Dutch media, including RacingNews365, about his teammate's qualifying result at Silverstone: "I don't know why it went wrong today, but of course, with our car you have to get into Q3."

Asked what has gone wrong for his teammate, Verstappen replied: "You have to ask Helmut [Marko] or Christian [Horner] about that.

"We are fighting for the team championship, but I think I can do that alone at the moment."

The Dutchman has scored 229 points so far, which is more than the second team in the standings, Mercedes, has scored having amassed 178 World Championship points to date.

Verstappen positive about Ricciardo

Should Perez continue to underperform, Red Bull have plenty of options if they want to replace him for the future.

Daniel Ricciardo has spoken about wanting to return to his former team as his main goal, having been mostly seen on their pit wall at certain races throughout this season.

Verstappen added: "He's doing a good job in the simulator, but you know, that's not something I'm amazed about either."

"He obviously had some difficult years at McLaren, but you don't lose your talent. He also has a lot of experience. I think he's just comfortable with us at the moment.

"I also know Daniel very well, so we can talk about a lot of things."

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