Max Verstappen’s father Jos criticizes Red Bull for ‘dropping points’, backs Sergio Perez in Monaco GP
Jos Verstappen on Red Bull at Monaco GP: “I think 10 points from Max have been thrown away here. Especially with two retirements we need every point. Don’t forget that Ferrari has a good car right now. than. ”
Last updated: 01/06/22 10:07 am
Jos Verstappen, the father of F1 world champion Max, has criticized Red Bull’s strategy at the Monaco GP, insisting valuable points have been “discarded” as they favor eventual winner Sergio Perez.
Verstappen finished third in Sunday’s race as teammate Perez claimed his first win of the season, with both drivers praising Red Bull afterward for edging out Ferrari with their pitiful tactics.
But Jos, who started 107 F1 races before retiring in 2003, believes Perez was wrongly prioritized by the team by handing the lead title to his son.
Jos wrote in a column on Max’s official website: “Red Bull achieved a good result, but at the same time caused little impact to help Max get ahead.
“He finished third, he made a Ferrari mistake on Charles Leclerc’s second stop.
“Max was not helped by the chosen strategy. It was entirely in Checo’s favor. That was disappointing for me, and I would have liked it to be different from the championship leader.”
Perez went from third on the grid to first in the Principality behind Red Bull, with the Mexican overtaking Verstappen, choosing to put him in the middle first, allowing him to knock Leclerc down and last. Same with Sainz. Verstappen will follow him in, albeit far behind Sainz on the track.
Verstappen still extends the championship advantage over Leclerc to nine points, but only 15 points behind Perez.
“Perez really won the race because he stopped pitting earlier,” Jos said. “The team could interpret it as a gamble, but they saw, for example, Gasly, that intermediates were the best option at the time.
“I wanted them to pick Max, but of course I’m not completely objective.”
He added: “I think 10 points from Max have been thrown away here. Especially with the two retirements we’ve had, we need every point. Don’t forget that Ferrari has a good car right now. more, especially in qualifying.”
Jos also emphasized that Red Bull’s car did not match Max’s style.
“Max’s third place is very disappointing,” he said. “We all saw that it was a tough weekend for him.
“It starts with the car, which simply doesn’t have the characteristics for his driving style. Max has so little traction on the front axle. And especially in Monaco, with all the short corners. like that, you need a car that turns very quickly. That’s hard.”