“It’s not how I like it”: Reigning world champion Max Verstappen critical of Red Bull car design

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen feels Red Bull has made its car with no intention to help his driving style and whatever success he has achieved in the last three seasons should not be attributed simply to the pace of the RB19.

While claiming he was ‘not interested in the opinion of others’, the 25-year-old did not want to indulge in a debate over his talent compared to the likes of Sergio Perez, or any other driver on the track for that matter.

Christian Horner and Max Verstappen. Credit: planetf1.com
Christian Horner and Max Verstappen. Credit: planetf1.com

Verstappen will have fond memories of 2023 as it proved to be a record-breaking campaign for the Dutchman.

Of the 22 races, Verstappen won an astonishing 19 Grand Prix and proved that his undoubted talent has been allowed to prosper with greater maturity and consistency on his part.

With Sergio Perez claiming two race wins himself, the Red Bull duo collectively missed out on success in only one race, a feat which made Red Bull team principal Christian Horner claim that his team had developed the ‘most successful car in F1 history’.

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However, Verstappen does not feel his success was related to the car that he was offered since it wasn’t built to suit his driving style.

“I’m not interested in the opinions of others,” he told AMuS.

“They don’t know our car. I just try to get the best out of it. And I do that every time.

“I don’t know how dominant this car is compared to previous cars. Nobody knows that.

“I tune the car the way I like it. And the other driver tunes it to suit him. The engineers develop the car to make it faster. And not how I would like it to be.

“It’s the same with the driving style. What is your driving style? I don’t know.

“I adapt to the needs of the car to make it the fastest. That’s the key to being a really good Formula 1 driver. Adapting to what you get from the team.”

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