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Max Verstappen, crash, accident

Verstappen: We could have nailed both Mercedes

Max Verstappen, crash, accident

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was not able to give his excellent start of the Bahrain Grand Prix a good follow up and believes that second place was his for the taking on the night.

The Dutch teenager was forced to retire on the 13th lap, after the brakes of his RB13 failed and resulted in him driving into the wall.

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At that point Verstappen looked feisty, and called for the team to follow the example of Ferrari and Vettel to pit early. This they did but the fruits of the call were never realised.

Verstappen explained afterwards, “My left rear brake overheated. I braked and then lost brake pressure. Then you lose your rear brakes, putting all the stress on the front. Your then lock your wheels up and are unable to stop.”

“That was of course very disappointing. Even more so when you are running in a very good position and was also able to get on the podium.”

“At the start, I had a bit too much wheel spin, but afterwards I stayed as long as possible in the slipstream and chose the right line in turn one, giving me a good exit for the next corner.”

This meant he could keep his team mate Daniel Ricciardo at bay and after the first lap he went from P6 to P4, “At a certain point you are on the inside for the next corner and then it’s fine.”

The strategy was looking very promising according to Verstappen, “I think it was good what we did. If we hadn’t have a brake issue, we would have finished in second and could have nailed both Mercedes. That would have been very good.”