Max Verstappen’s father Jos Verstappen has expressed his displeasure that Red Bull Racing helped Sergio Perez at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday rather than his son, the current Formula One world championship leader. In fact the elder Verstappen flames the team about it.
In Monaco, Red Bull deployed a very aggressive strategy against Ferrari which allowed Sergio Perez to take the lead of the F1 race when Scuderia Ferrari got bogged down with a haphazard strategy, causing its driver Charles Leclerc to lose the lead of the Grand Prix and eventually finish fourth in his home race.
World championship leader Max Verstappen managed to finish third on the podium on Sunday, but according to his father, the Dutchman was not helped enough by his team:
“Red Bull got a good result, but at the same time had little influence to help Max take the lead,” the former F1 driver lamented in a column published on Max Verstappen’s official website.
“The fact that he finished third is due to Ferrari’s mistake during Charles Leclerc’s second stop. In that sense, the championship leader Max was not helped by the strategy he chose. It went completely in Checo’s [Perez] favour.
“That disappointed me and I wish it had been different for the championship leader…”
The Dutchman goes on to explain his feelings saying:
“Perez won the race because of the previous pit stop. Maybe the team can explain it as a gamble, but they had already seen, for example with Gasly, that Intermediates were the best option at that time.
“I wish they had done the same with Max, but of course I’m not objective at all. I think ten points for Max have been thrown away, and with the two retirements we’ve had [Bahrain and Australia], we need every point.
“We mustn’t forget that Ferrari currently have a better car, especially in qualifying. Max was also unlucky during qualifying, because on his last run he was clearly faster and on his way to second place until Perez crashed. Everything would have been different then.
“Apart from that I am happy for Checo, winning in Monaco is of course something special and I hope he will like it. Now it’s full focus on the next races in Baku and Canada.”
After the Monaco Grand Prix, Max Verstappen still leads the World Championship by nine points over Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. But certainly Sergio Perez should now be considered a real title contender.