Max Verstappen admitted to media after the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix he’s “tired” of the constant power unit reliability issues Red Bull have suffered throughout the first seven rounds of 2017.
Verstappen’s race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was cut seriously short when an energy store failure forced him to retire from an effective podium position on lap 11.
“The way the race ended for me was very frustrating after such a good start,” Verstappen told media after the Grand Prix.
“I was just concentrating on doing my own race when I suddenly lost all power and everything shut down.
“I have had a lot of disappointments recently,” Verstappen conceded, “I guess that’s racing but sometimes you get tired of it.”
Canada marked Verstappen’s third retirement in 2017’s previous seven races.
Should Max feel this way?
Canada’s issue was just one of many the young Dutchman has suffered throughout Red Bull’s dismal and uncompetitive 2017 season.
His retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix – when his brakes failed after a promising start to the race – was a prime example of a reliability related issue affecting his results.
Unfortunately, Red Bull’s main reliability concerns have been caused mostly by their power unit. Currently, the team are supplied PUs by Renault, but choose to badge them under watchmakers TAG-Heuer.
In comparison to the competitive PUs of Ferrari and Mercedes, Renault has proven the most unreliable of the three.
This was more than prevalent in the Bahrain in-season test, where the afternoon of the first day was mostly lost for Daniel Ricciardo due to a power unit problem.
The Russian Grand Prix also proved to be an unstable weekend for the team as both Red Bull drivers were only able to complete limited laps in Friday practice due to multiple inexplicable power unit issues.
It’s clear from Verstappen’s reaction to his latest PU problem that he’s becoming heavily frustrated with Red Bull’s lack of performance and reliability in 2017.
“I think a podium was possible but once again we come away with nothing,” he commented.
Daniel Ricciardo eventually finished the Canadian Grand Prix in a promising P3, behind only two works Mercedes.