Jos Verstappen, the father of Max Verstappen, has expressed his frustration at the Red Bull driver’s run of bad luck this season, with him retiring from all three grand prix held in Italy in addition to the season opener in Austria.
“It sucks. Not really something you expect either,” Verstappen told Ziggo Sport following the race at Imola.
“You know it can always happen and luckily it happened in a good place where he didn’t hit anything. If it happened four corners later it could have looked very different. Just messed up,” he added.
Continuing, Jos Verstappen described his son’s 2020 F1 campaign as “difficult”, as he has suffered four retirements thus far, namely at the Red Bull Ring, Monza, Mugello and Imola.
However, the ex-F1 driver is optimistic for the future, and he hopes the 2021 Red Bull-Honda package will allow his son to take the fight to Mercedes.
“Of course there are new opportunities for next year. We really need to improve the car, but also the engine.”
“I know there will be a new engine for next year from Honda, it’s already better than what we’re driving now. So in that area it looks positive, but yes, the others are not standing still either, we know, so it is always waiting until we have the new car.”
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