Verstappen: Suddenly we had a 150 horsepower increase

Verstappen crash

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen made an error when he lost control of his Red Bull and crashed out of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Dutchman, who was fourth on the timing screens, was hard on the gas exiting Turn 2 but the rear snapped out and the Red Bull crunched into the barriers. 

Verstappen cursed over the radio before declaring he was alright. His body language as he alighted the car and made his way back to the pits on the back of a scooter shouted frustration and disappointment.

He said afterwards, “It was unfortunate. I studied the data and suddenly we had a 150 horsepower increase which is a bit odd because the corner is not flat out so you are just juggling the throttle.”

“It was like an on and off switch and suddenly is span the rear tyres up quite aggressively and I spun. I didn’t expect it at all. 150 horsepower when you think you are on the limit is quite a lot.”

“It should be alright tomorrow. Up to P5 should be alright. A little bit of luck with a Safety Car would be nice,” added the Red Bull driver

The incident prompted a red flag stoppage as marshalls removed the crumpled car. For Verstappen, it means he will start from around 15th place on the grid for Sunday’s race.