New for­mat slammed and a re­turn to tra­di­tion is sug­gested for Bahrain on­wards

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Toro Rosso driver Max Ver­stap­pen was left an­gry at the team’s de­ci­sion to ig­nore his calls to pit dur­ing the Aus­tralian GP. Ver­stap­pen ra­dioed his en­gi­neers to warn that he was strug­gling with tyre wear, only for the team to pit team-mate Car­los Sainz Jr first. Ver­stap­pen sent a se­ries of an­gry mes­sages back to the team say­ing: “How many times have I said I had prob­lems with the tyres? I wanted to pit first.” Ver­stap­pen then stopped for the se­cond time when the team wasn’t ex­pect­ing him, and he then had a brush with Sainz that dropped him to 10th, hav­ing run third early on. “It was a dis­ap­point­ing race in gen­eral, and a lost op­por­tu­nity,” said Ver­stap­pen.

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