WATCH: Max Verstappen’s Six-Worded Warning to F1 Rivals Ferrari

Published 05/13/2022, 8:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 7, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates after qualifying in pole position with third place Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami GP last week, defeating the 2022 world championship leader Charles Leclerc. This season looks to be a battle between Verstappen and Leclerc as both drivers seem to be the clear favorites.

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The Red Bull and Ferrari drivers recently battled in Miami, where Charles was on pole and was initially leading the race. Soon, the Dutchman took the lead from Leclerc after starting at P3. However, the on-track action wasn’t the end to the rivalry as the Red Bull driver overtook Ferrari in a buggy ahead of the main race.

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Max and his team members were going to the paddock in a buggy. However, the 24-year-old spots the Ferrari buggy in front and asks his driver to overtake them. “The first overtake of Ferrari this weekend,” the Red Bull driver said.

The buggy driver follows Max’s instruction- “just so they get used to it”- and overtakes the Maranello crew. The 2021 champion confidently celebrated his small victory with the warning: “they better get used to that!”

Max Verstappen wants a “reliable” RB18

Red Bull undoubtedly has one of the best cars this season. However, the car faces reliability issues, haunting the Milton Keynes-based team this season. The Red Bull duo, ended the season-opener at Bahrain with a DNF, followed by Verstappen retiring at the Australian GP.

The 2022 Red Bull challenger’s reliability issues recently haunted Sergio Perez at the Miami. The Mexican had a sensor glitch, which impeded him to utilise his car to its full potential. So, Checo could not overtake Carlos Sainz for a podium finish even with DRS enabled.

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Red Bull F1 Sergio Perez in the RB18 during the Miami GP qualifying. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Verstappen shared the car’s reliability issues need to be resolved after the Miami races. He said, “We’re still having a few issues we have to solve. We are quick, but my Friday was terrible… which is not great if you want to have a good weekend.”

“And also Checo had a few issues in the race, so we have to be on top of that.” Verstappen further commented, “But clearly there is a lot of potential, we just need to make sure it’s reliable.”

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The next race is the Spanish GP, where Verstappen finished second last season. So, let’s see whether he can win the race in Barcelona this season.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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