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Struggling Verstappen FUMES with team amid Imola concerns

Struggling Verstappen FUMES with team amid Imola concerns

Struggling Verstappen FUMES with team amid Imola concerns

Struggling Verstappen FUMES with team amid Imola concerns

Max Verstappen’s bubble has well and truly burst, following defeat at the Miami Grand Prix, and a spluttering start to the Emilia-Romagna GP weekend.

The Dutchman seemed uncomfortable with his RB20 car on Friday, heading off the track and into the gravel on three occasions.

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Verstappen only managed a P5 in FP1 and P7 in FP2, with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc dominating both practice sessions.

Whilst Verstappen and Red Bull will have the chance to change the car for the grand prix, Friday was a rare glimpse underneath Verstappen’s usually imperious veneer.

Max Verstappen has made a series of errors during free practice in Imola
Can anyone beat Verstappen this weekend?

Verstappen bemoans ‘difficult day’

The champion was unhappy with the balance of his car, particularly on the soft tyres, bemoaning his situation on team radio.

"My God. I don't know man. It's so difficult everything man. This time suddenly the front grips up a lot, I almost spin," Verstappen said.

Verstappen elaborated on his difficulties following FP2, revealing he particularly struggled with his long run pace.

"A difficult day. Just difficult to get a good balance and just not really feeling comfortable in the car, moving around a lot," Verstappen told F1 TV.

"It's very easy to lose the car, so we have a few things that we have to look at because today definitely.... just bad, just not comfortable.

"Also the long run was really bad, so definitely a few things that we have to improve if we want to be competitive tomorrow.

"Today we were just severely off the pace that we need to fix.

"I guess it can't be worse than what we had today, right?

"We'll look at a few things that we can do better for tomorrow. But yeah, it looks a bit like the others took a bit of a step forward. And from our side just a bad day.''

Why are Red Bull struggling?

Verstappen specifically struggled in Turns 11 and 12, Acque Minerali, complaining of a lack of grip at that corner where the car was bottoming when he hit the brakes, and lacked the front grip on turn-in.

READ MORE: F1 star causes Imola red flag after BIZARRE failure

Red Bull have brought upgrades this weekend, making tweaks to their front wing and the floor edge wing, with the floor lowered slightly.

Their closest rivals have also introduced updates to their cars, with Ferrari and Mercedes achieving progress in practice.

Mercedes have taken a positive step forward in both free practice sessions with George Russell finishing P2 in the first practice session.

Ferrari have made major changes all over their car producing a RB20-like upper lip replacing the traditional lower lip, and tweaks to their front and rear wings.

Charles Leclerc looks strong in Imola

Are Red Bull beatable in Imola?

A dip in Verstappen’s performance begs the question- are Red Bull beatable this weekend?

If free practice is anything to go by, Ferrari and McLaren both look competitive over one lap, and could be favourites to take pole position.

Furthermore, if Red Bull fail to make the right adjustments to their setup and they continue to struggle with their long run pace, they could also be in trouble for the race.

READ MORE: Ferrari boss explains how Hamilton and Leclerc's relationship has CHANGED

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