Verstappen Demands Red Bull to Reassess Expensive Safety Car Decision
Max Verstappen has expressed his desire to scrutinize why he did not capitalize on an ostensibly “cheap” pit stop that would have kept him in the lead during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Verstappen had taken the lead in the early stages of the race but had to pit when Nyck de Vries’ AlphaTauri car crashed, prompting the yellow flags to be waved. This was followed by a full Safety Car, which led to Verstappen losing the lead.
Meanwhile, his teammate Sergio Perez made a pit stop under the Safety Car conditions and lost less time than Verstappen, enabling him to take the lead. Additionally, Charles Leclerc moved ahead of Verstappen after the Dutchman’s pit stop. Verstappen did manage to regain his position ahead of the Ferrari driver, but Perez kept him at bay for the rest of the race, resulting in Verstappen finishing in second place.