Verstappen ‘bull****’ called out as Red Bull star accused of fibbing

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Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan believes that Max Verstappen ‘concocted’ a driveshaft issue during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to ‘make himself look better’, with his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez powering to victory.

There was no doubt that Verstappen did suffer a driveshaft failure during last Saturday’s qualifying, which left him 15th on the grid. Red Bull have proven to be vastly superior to their competition so far this season, and the Dutchman promptly weaved through the pack to catch up with Perez during the grand prix. 

However, with a few laps to go, Verstappen appeared to stop pushing as Perez consolidated his position out in front. The reigning double world champion was also complaining about a driveshaft issue over the radio, much to the bemusement of his team. 

Without mincing his words, Jordan believes that the driveshaft issue on race day was merely a ploy for Verstappen to avoid the fact that he could not – or perhaps was not allowed to – fight with Perez. 

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“I think Max concocted something about a driveshaft so as to make himself look good,” he said on his Formula For Success podcast. “I’m absolutely convinced that he was told, before he went out, that if Checo is leading the race, you do not have permission to pass him.

“That’s just my view because if I was running a team, that’s exactly what I would have said before they went out. You don’t have to be Einstein to work it out. Max, in my opinion, found a decent excuse which was the driveshaft.

“Christian Horner tells us that no matter what they did, they couldn’t find anything [wrong with the car]. Guys, come on, there’s enough in this to realise that we don’t want to be bulls***ed.”

Appearing alongside Jordan on the podcast was David Coulthard, who raced for Red Bull between 2005 and 2008. The Scot admitted that allowing the two stars to fight could have been detrimental for the team, but disagreed with the theory that Verstappen had made up the driveshaft issue. 

“I think Max is so much heart on sleeve, that he doesn’t concoct anything,” he said. “A little bit like when he was on the radio asking about the fastest lap. He remembers that he went into the final race in 2021 on equal points with Lewis Hamilton, and he knows that just one point could make the difference this year.

“I hear you EJ, and I know you have your finger on the pulse of the team principals, but I think that Max… when he says it, he means it.”

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