Max Verstappen had a dominant win at the Styrian GP, however, the curb at turns 9 and 10 seemed to have caused brake problems in his RB16B.
Verstappen finished the race nearly 36 seconds championship rival Lewis Hamilton. He was about to take the fastest lap as well, although a quick pit stop at the last lap saw Hamilton changing onto the Softs and stealing it.
In a dominant victory, the Dutchman seemed to have a problem with his brakes. The broadcasted team radio allowed us to hear the team instructing him to avoid the curbs down at the final two turns of the track. He was also heard complaining about his brake pedal after pitting for the Hards. An unusual response heard Verstappen telling his race engineer that he was avoiding the curbs.
That odd radio message raised concerns about whether the car may face reliability issues with more than half the season left.
Verstappen has cleared the air on this: “It quickly just fell a bit to the floor between Turn 9 and Turn 10 while braking, and then it would come back after Turn 10. So we’ll look into that. But it happened two times I think.”
Sky Sports asked Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner for clarification on this problem.
“I think we could see, it was what you call a bit of knock-off, where you rattle over the kerbs, the feeling the pedal goes long, and it must be a horrible feeling. But I think once he stayed off the kerb, that then managed, the system was much happier with that. It wasn’t too much of a drama.”