Maximum stint lengths 'not ideal for us' – Verstappen

Max Verstappen believes Red Bull came under more pressure from McLaren than it normally would have in the Qatar Grand Prix due to the maximum stint lengths imposed. Pirelli and the FIA opted to mandate a new set of tires could do no more than 18 laps due to concerns over damage to the construction caused by severe curbs at Lusail, essentially forcing at least a three-stop race. That meant drivers had to push throughout stints and not worry about managing tires as they usually would, negating one of Red Bull’s strengths as the two McLarens crossed the line just…

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