Max Verstappen’s Red Bull F1 Car Called up for Surprise Inspection After Monaco GP

Published 06/03/2021, 7:36 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix threw up a lot of surprises for everyone involved, and the post-race scenario at the paddock was just as eventful. The FIA published a document, and, apparently, immediately after the race, Max Verstappen had to see his race-winning Red Bull come under the scanner. Luckily, the RB16B passed all the tests, and the Dutchman kept his win.

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The document said, “After the race of the Monaco GP car number 33 was randomly chosen among the top ten cars for more extensive physical inspections.

“Subject to these physical inspections were the pedal assembly including brake master cylinders, throttle pedal position sensing, associated dampers, surroundings within the survival cell, sensors and their loom rooting and connections to the SECU and other units.

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“All inspected components were found to be in compliance with the 2021 Formula One Technical Regulations”

After all the drama surrounding Red Bull’s ‘flexi-wings,’ this investigation is the last thing they need. It was fortunate that Verstappen’s car came out clean and he could keep his win.

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Some would confess that this was Mercedes‘ way of messing with the Austrian team. However, rationality and the FIA insist that the investigation was completely random. At least Red Bull and Max Verstappen will be sighing in relief, knowing that their car is completely legal.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Now, the Austrian team will be looking ahead to this weekend’s race at Azerbaijan. After that race weekend, the FIA is going to conduct a number of tests on the wings. Over here, the main objective is to prevent too much wing mobility. The Red Bull team came under much scrutiny from rivals over this issue. As a result, they will hope to pass the tests and shut them up.

For the moment, all that they can do is keep their heads and try to preserve their championship leads. Mercedes slipped up in Monaco, with Red Bull and Max Verstappen taking full advantage. They can be sure that the German giants will try to come back stronger and not make any more mistakes.

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