Max Verstappen‘s march to the top of the podium at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was nearly halted by vibrations and concerning noises. Verstappen had to recover from a 15th-place start due to his qualifying failure, but quickly gained ground on Perez. As the race wore on, his car began to report to have issues with the driveshaft, leaving concerns that he may experience another setback. Meanwhile, Perez was struggling with his own issue – a long brake pedal. Both drivers were told that none of the data appeared to cause immediate concern.
Despite Verstappen‘s efforts to close the gap between him and his teammate, Perez continued to make headway. He cautioned his team on the radio that he thought the pair were “pushing without a reason” and “we don’t need this.” Despite his comments, he was happy to continue to race with Verstappen and was most concerned with the reliability of the cars, given the issues both he and Verstappen experienced.
Verstappen spoke of his displeasure at finishing second, stating that while he didn’t mind the recovery race, he would prefer not to be in that situation. He called on the team to assess the reliability of their cars further, particularly if both are in contention for the championship. Despite his not winning, Verstappen noted that everyone in the team was happy overall.