Max Verstappen beats Red Bull after more reliability issues at Miami GP

F1 Miami Grand Prix - Qualifying

The Dutchman will start the Miami GP from third on the grid (Picture: Getty)

Max Verstappen has criticized his Red Bull team for the reliability issues that have plagued his season and continued into the Miami Grand Prix.

The Dutchman has had a tough weekend in the United States so far as his car broke down repeatedly during Friday’s practice sessions, limiting his time at the brand new Miami International Autodrome.

He recovered well on Saturday and qualified third on the grid behind Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. and as such he still has strong chances of winning Sunday night’s race.

He could have done better, however, as a mistake on his last lap cost him a chance to edge his closest rivals onto pole and the reigning world champion wasn’t at all happy after qualifying.

He said: “That sums up my weekend, it was just incredibly chaotic.

“We just make it super difficult for ourselves. I only did four or five laps yesterday and you can’t afford that on a new track and on a street circuit in general because it’s very important to do laps and understand the car.

F1 Miami Grand Prix - Final Practice

Red Bull’s 2022 car is very fast but very unreliable (Picture: Getty)

“It’s pretty easy to get into a rhythm on a regular track, but it’s much more difficult on a street circuit and we basically failed on that side.

“You start learning the track today and trying to find a setup because yesterday you had no idea what worked because we didn’t have a lot of data to look at.”

While the Red Bull RB 18 car comes very close to pacesetters Ferrari, reliability issues hampered their season.

Verstappen has failed to finish two of the first four races of 2022 in Bahrain and Australia as his car broke down while he was on the podiums.

However, he won the other two rounds in Saudi Arabia and Imola and is still second in the standings, 27 points behind Leclerc.

“Of course we are experienced [enough] There’s a lot of catching up to do, but we can’t afford to really fight against such a strong team,” added the 24-year-old.

“We’re still close but we could have done a much better job today if we had had a cleaner Friday.

“It was fine up to a point, but to really push the limit and try to find more time, I still figured out a lot of things in Q3 in terms of brakes and braking shapes and all those things trying and being faster .

“But I think we can do so much better if we just work a little bit cleaner and smoother.”

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