Peter Windsor has detected a problem in Max Verstappen’s car during the Turkish GP.
Verstappen finished where he started at Istanbul, which was at P2 behind race winner Valtteri Bottas. He retook the WDC lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton, and now leads the latter by six points.
It was a good weekend for the Dutchman and Red Bull. His teammate Sergio Perez also joined him on the podium to ruin Mercedes’ day. However, if what Windsor has found out is true, Verstappen’s day might also be spoiled.
Windsor detected a problem in Verstappen’s car during the Turkish GP, and said that the final standings could be flattering for the championship leader.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Windsor said, “There will be something wrong with Max’s car or with the set of tyres, because if Sergio Pérez is that much quicker on the second set and that much more confident compared with Max, (it) suggests there was a major issue with Max’s car.
“So he won’t be happy about that. Of course you’re happy when you finish a wet race and you haven’t had any of the dramas that can come with it I suppose.”
Verstappen will not be bothered by it now, but he is also aware that Red Bull were second best at Istanbul Park. He could barely threaten Bottas for the win, and never looked like taking the chequered flag before anyone else.
In fact, Mercedes has been the fastest team on the grid since around the British GP. From Silverstone, they have carried that pace to the Hungaroring, Monza, Sochi, and now Istanbul Park. Only at Zandvoort did Red Bull have the fastest car.
It was therefore a great result for Verstappen despite any potential problems with his car. If there is indeed one, it will be a worry for another day.