Max Verstappen calls for Red Bull to improve after 2024 Miami GP pole

The Dutchman took pole for the second time at the 2024 Miami GP, but once again he was far from happy

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Despite taking pole position for the 2024 Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen is unhappy once again and demands Red Bull improve the balance and consistency of his car after struggling with tyres in his quest to start Sunday’s race from first.

The defending world champion posted a 1:27.241 to lead Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz by 0.141 and 0.214 on his way to his seventh consecutive pole position and his first at the Miami International Autodrome, but he didn’t have it easy as he failed to improve on his final run leaving him vulnerable to the chasing pack.

Fortunately for the championship leader, those behind him could not improve either but for the 26-year-old’s lap he believes it’s a combination of inconsistent tyres and the balance not quite being in the sweet spot, although he added it was better than earlier in the weekend.

“I think it’s just just been extremely difficult to put a lap in where everything just works,” Verstappen said to select members of the media, including Total-Motorsport.com. “For some reason, it’s just extremely difficult to make the tyres work around the whole lap. Yet sometimes, you have little moments here and there and it’s just not very consistent.

“That makes it very difficult to try and hit a perfect lap. So, every lap that you put on the board was a bit of guessing what was going to happen, which doesn’t make it very nice to drive but we think handled the situation really well. We did the best we could and the car definitely felt a little bit nicer compared to yesterday.

“As long as I’m happy with my balance in the race, I think we’ll be alright. It just needs to be a bit better than what we had today. I think if we can achieve something like that we’ll be in a bit of a happier window then I’m sure we’ll be quick.”

Verstappen’s electric qualifying form

Many detractors will point out that Verstappen‘s Red Bull is the class of the Formula 1 field but it’s important to remember that he still has to go out there and deliver a good enough lap, with just one snatched brake or moment of oversteer threatening to be afternoon destroyers.

But that’s now seven in a row for the three-time world champion. What’s scarier is qualifying probably isn’t his best skill out of his arsenal but even there he is clearly head and shoulders above the rest at the moment, 2024 Chinese GP Sprint Qualifying aside when he struggled in the wet.

The legendary driver has now taken pole for every Sunday race this season, starting from the front in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, China and now Miami. His record actually stretches back to last season, when he took pole at the 2023 Abu Dhabi GP too.

Out of the last 13 races, Verstappen has taken pole in 10 of them as he asserts his dominance in qualifying now too after laying down the law in race trim almost every Sunday since mid-2022.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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