Max Verstappen explained the “terrible” moment that caused him to lose his extremely important position at Saudi Arabia Grand Prix when he hit the wall in the final round of qualifying in another dramatic moment in F1 title race.
With Lewis Hamilton on the makeshift post for the penultimate race of the season, Verstappen was outrunning his title rival to reach the final corner at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Verstappen was trying to push for a beautiful lap from the Red Bull driver but he was locked into the final turn and collided with a wall.
That means the Dutchman hasn’t been able to improve after qualifying time and he will thus starting after title rival Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after Mercedes locked the front seats.
Verstappen is eight points ahead of Hamilton in tomorrow’s race but the 24-year-old could be dealt an even bigger blow if Red Bull is forced to replace his transmission due to the Q3 crash.
“Of course it was terrible,” Verstappen said. “I knew the pace was there and it showed in the last lap.
“I don’t understand what happened but I locked it up. I tried to keep the car on track to finish the lap, and I slipped behind – so I had to stop.
“P3 was a bit disappointing knowing I got into the lap but it shows that the car is very fast. Let’s see what we can do in the race.”
When asked if he was concerned about the damage his car would cause in a crash, Verstappen said: “I don’t know. I immediately stopped to let us see.”
Red Bull manager Christian Horner told Sky Sports: “Max has been in the game for the season. That is a big shame.
“He just grabbed the front going into the last corner. We can see on his dash that he has grown by four tenths [on Hamilton] went into the corner and unfortunately he ran out of way. It’s pretty brutal but let’s hope the gearbox isn’t damaged.
“Max will be disappointed. He knows what a good round it is. He just needs to put it behind his back now. He is still P3 on the grid. He needs a good start and anything can happen in this race.
“It was a shame because it was a brave, brave lap. We’re going to get the car back and hopefully it’s not a gearbox penalty as that would be particularly brutal. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/f1-max-verstappen-crash-saudi-arabia-b1969923.html Max Verstappen reacts to ‘terrible’ crash that led Saudi Arabia to win Grand Prix