Max Verstappen’s Father Demands Red Bull Action After Claiming ‘Dominance Has Come to an End’

Red Bull’s grip on Formula 1 may be loosening, with Max Verstappen’s father, Jos, urging the team to address performance issues after a disappointing Monaco Grand Prix.

While Max Verstappen still leads the championship, a sixth-place finish and teammate Sergio Perez’s crash painted a stark picture compared to Red Bull’s recent dominance.

“The era when Red Bull had the dominant car really seems to be over now,” Jos Verstappen told Dutch outlet De Telegraaf. “They have to find out where the problems come from. It is clear that McLaren and Ferrari are getting closer and closer.”

This sentiment echoes recent struggles for Red Bull. The team has enjoyed two consecutive championship victories but now faces stiff competition from resurgent Ferrari and McLaren.

“Max has been good at hiding some of the problems,” Jos continued, “but you can see how big the difference is between him and his teammate.”

Verstappen himself acknowledged the car’s limitations after qualifying in Monaco. “The car is like a go-kart,” he said. “It is like I am running without suspension… We have had this problem since 2022. With everyone catching up, when you don’t improve your weakest point you get found out.”

Red Bull faces additional challenges off the track. Team Principal Christian Horner has denied allegations of misconduct, and Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey is set to leave next year.