Angry Max Verstappen fumed at team over Red Bull radio in ‘road rage’ outburst
Max Verstappen was audibly furious during the Barcelona Grand Prix due to intermittent DRS issues that saw him rant over the team radio on numerous occasions during his battle with George Russell.
The Red Bull mechanics were working on Verstappen's rear wing prior to the start of the race due to an issue with DRS but were confident the issue was resolved prior to the start – though that proved to not be the case.
Starting second on the grid, Verstappen was unable to overtake Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in pole position and a spin at turn four led to him being overtaken by George Russell and teammate Sergio Perez – though the Mexican eventually ceded his position.
Superb defending from Russell left the defending champion frustrated and his task to overtake the Mercedes man was made even harder by the fact he was suffering from intermittent DRS issues that prevented his rear wing from opening.
That left Verstappen understandably furious and not happy with the messages from his team, with Christian Horner telling him on one occasion that they 'think you may have closed the DRS last time' to which he responded 'that's because I have to press it five f****** times'. Red Bull chief Christian Horner later described his driver's outburst as 'road rage'.
With Verstappen struggling with the issue, teammate Sergio Perez pleaded with his team to 'get Max out of the way so I can overtake quickly' and the Mexican went on to overtake his teammate, eventually also taking the lead of the race.
Verstappen's problems with his car were not enough to stop him from taking home the race win but the same could not be said for Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who saw his lead at the top of the drivers' standings vanish as he had to pull out of the race after losing power on lap 27.
That could prove to be a titanic swing in the title race, with Leclerc heading into the weekend with a 19-point advantage in the standings but now six points adrift of the defending champion in second.
The title battle will swiftly resume in Monaco next weekend.
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