Max Verstappen’s shocking radio silence leaves Red Bull fuming at Saudi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen, the reigning F1 champion, had a rough start to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix following an engine failure on his car. He then recovered from 15th on the grid to a second place finish. His teammate, Sergio Perez, won the race for Red Bull.

Apparently, both of the drivers had communication issues with the radio team. Max abruptly stopped responding to requests from the engineers to slow down during the final laps.

It’s clear from the radio transcript that Max was aiming for the fastest lap time. He asked multiple times about the fastest lap after Red Bull requested both drivers attempt a time of 1m33.00s.

Max Verstappen

During the final few laps, the team reminds Max about track limits and asks him to target a lap time of 33.0 seconds. The Dutch flag bearer confirms the target lap time and continues to be reminded about it throughout the race.

Towards the end, the current Formula One World Champion asks about the fastest lap time, but the team tells him they are not concerned about it. However, given the winning mentality that the Dutchman has, he claimed that he is concerned about getting the fastest lap.

It’s clear that Max was not very communicative with his engineer, Gianpierro Lambiasse, in the radio.

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Sergio Perez got different information than Max Verstappen over the radio

Apparently,  the Mexican racing driver received different information to Max over his radio. Perez requested Max’s time during lap 41. Max’s time was initially reported as 33.0 seconds, and then later as 32.6 seconds.

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In his late-race radio conversations with race engineer Hugh Bird, Perez made clear how annoyed he was about the “different information” he had about the fastest lap. It is also notable that Perez was way more communicative than Max Verstappen.

Despite the miscommunications, Red Bull has had an amazing start to the year, as both their drivers finished at the top spots in the Saudi Arabia GP. But, the Red Bull team surely needs to ensure better coordination between the drivers and the engineers.


Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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