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Red Bull Racing official blasts Max Verstappen’s tactics at F1 US Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing consultant Dr. Helmut Marko continues to blast F1 sensation Max Verstappen in the wake of the U.S. Grand Prix Although the 19-year-old Verstappen was voted “Driver of the Day” by the fans, he actually had a troubled race — including his inexplicable decision to make a pitstop without being called in.max-verstappen-red-bullIt earned him strong criticism by Red Bull chiefs Christian Horner and Marko, the latter declaring: “We have 80 engineers and strategists, but it’s all useless if a driver decides alone to come into the pits.”

Marko also criticized Verstappen for losing patience during the Austin race, when he was warned by Red Bull engineers to back off in his pursuit of eventual race winner Nico Rosberg.

“I’m not here to finish fourth,” Verstappen hit back.

Marko says Verstappen, who suffered engine troubles and completed just 28 of 56 laps, was wrong.

“You can’t demand too much of the tires. He must learn this,” Marko said. “If you don’t, you don’t win any races, any championships. He needs to find the right balance between attacking and patience.”

Marko said the perfect example is Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third in Austin.

“Compared to Daniel, he (Verstappen) has substantially higher tire wear. It doesn’t make him faster,” Marko said.

By GMM