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Verstappen a potential "time bomb" warns Marko

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19/04/2022

Helmut Marko has warned that Max Verstappen could become a potential "time bomb" should the DNFs continue.

While we are only three races into the season, the fact is that 2021 world champion, Max Verstappen is currently sixth in the standings, 46 points adrift of championship leader Charles Leclerc, and five points behind his own teammate, Sergio Perez.

Though the Dutchman won in Saudi Arabia, he has yet to score a pole position and has suffered two DNFs.

This season, certainly if we go by the radio messages, we have witnessed a far edgier Verstappen, sometimes bordering on panic, and Helmut Marko fears that if the DNF's continue the youngster could become a "time bomb".

"He is a lot calmer," Marko tells Austria's ORF. "After his retirement, he returned to the pit box and we discussed things calmly," he adds, referring to the Melbourne race.

"However, in this case, we knew we could run into that problem, because we also had to deal with that in qualifying, so it didn't come out of the blue in that regard," he admits.

"He is an emotional and passionate driver who will always give his opinion. But, in my view, he is a lot calmer, calmer than in the past."

However, this year teammate Sergio Perez appears that little bit more confident in the car, and claiming pole - his first in F1 - at Jeddah, has emphasised a possible threat to the de facto team leader.

"With the set-up of the car, you sometimes lack the confidence to maintain his extreme driving style," says Marko. "You can see that this makes Checo closer to him than in the past.

"If we don't win again soon, then he is indeed a time bomb!" warns the Austrian.

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1. Posted by @R1Racing71, 20/04/2022 13:49

"It could be worse, tell him he could've been driving a Mercedes!"

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2. Posted by Wokingchap, 20/04/2022 10:26

"He risks the sack."

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3. Posted by Greg, 19/04/2022 17:44

"And if he is a time bomb, shades of the old elbows way out wide, get out of my way."

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4. Posted by Ro, 19/04/2022 16:53

"Get a grip Marko !"

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