Red Bull’s advisor Helmut Marko revealed a clutch bite point issue damaged Verstappen’s pace through the first stint.

Details:

  • Marko said the first stint issues were not on Verstappen, but on a faulty clutch bite point.

What he said:

  • “We were shaking the whole race. Unfortunately with the start, it wasn’t with us. There was a fault with the clutch bite point, it wasn’t Max’s fault. As a result, in the first stint, we couldn’t drive the pace we wanted.”
  • “The undercut worked in hindsight,” he said about the strategy, “but we saw that we were too slow in the middle stint. Then we made the consideration: two or three stops?.”
  • “Max was incredible in how he saved those tires.”

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