After a difficult Bahrain race weekend and another series of struggles with the Renault power unit in China, Max Verstappen criticised the performance of the Renault power unit via radio messages. The Dutchman complained about his engine several times on Saturday.
Verstappen ended the Chinese Grand Prix qualifying session in fifth place behind both of the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers. He out-qualified teammate Daniel Ricciardo by nearly two tenths. Although he performed respectively, the Red Bull driver made several comments regarding his engine performances.
"I think it would be a bad thing if it wouldn’t frustrate me, right?” Verstappen said. “I’m here to win races and I think everybody who’s working on my car wants exactly the same thing." he added.
Verstappen also complained about problems with degradation in his power unit's top speed when running at high revs: “The gap on the straights were a bit bigger than we expected before we came here. But then also from our side just fine-tuning [is needed]." he said.
“The power modes were not great. Some of the issues as well I’ve had before, like [getting] close to the limiter, some problems while upshifting and stuff, it just doesn’t really work.” Verstappen concluded.