Max Ver-slappin’ TEAMS DEMAND A QUALIFYING CHANGE
New format slammed and a return to tradition is suggested for Bahrain onwards
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.