Max Verstappen ‘not entirely happy’ and wants Red Bull answers despite Miami GP Sprint victory

The Dutchman converted his pole into a victory in the 2024 Miami GP F1 Sprint but still wasn't entirely happy with his Red Bull car


Max Verstappen has admitted he is still not satisfied with the balance of his Red Bull car despite winning the F1 Sprint race at the Formula 1 2024 Miami Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Dutchman was not quite as comfortable as he is used to out in front after starting on pole, taking the checkered flag with only a three-second gap to Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, with his team-mate Sergio Perez settling for third.

The RB20 has not looked as dominant around the challenging street circuit, with Verstappen surprised to get pole on Friday, while sweltering conditions have made it tougher for drivers to find grip on their tyres.

And Verstappen is keen for a resolution concerning the issues with their car ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s main race after struggling with oversteer.

Max Verstappen won the Miami GP Sprint race. Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

“I’m still not entirely happy with the balance of the car, so we need to look into that,” Verstappen told the written press in Miami, including “A bit too much oversteer, I would say, so we’ll try to fine tune that before qualifying, because I had the same problem yesterday in [sprint] qualifying.

“So it definitely highlights that what we have at the moment is probably not the best for quali and race. Nevertheless, we won the [sprint] race, which I think is the most important thing and we’ll try to just make it a bit more solid.”

Verstappen complaints continue

It came after Verstappen blasted his “pretty terrible” lap to secure pole position in sprint qualifying, with the 26-year-old elaborating on why he prefers the normal race format to a sprint weekend.

“In sprint qualifying when you do two mediums and suddenly one one soft tire sometimes feels a bit weird because the two combined always drive a bit different than when you only have one shot at it,” Verstappen added.

“If you make a mistake or the car is not in the right balance window, then you can have a horrible, horrible lap, which I find a bit of a shame.

“That’s why I prefer a bit more of a normal qualifying, you have a few sets to really nail the lap and get used to the track conditions as well.”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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