Max Verstappen crashes OUT of final practice in Azerbaijan as Red Bull races to qualify

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Max Verstappen crashes OUT of final practice in Azerbaijan as Red Bull faces a race against time to fix the championship leader’s car ahead of qualifying… while Lewis Hamilton takes third

  • Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will take place in Baku . on Saturday
  • In the morning training, Max Verstappen hit the wall with his Red Bull
  • Monaco winner went too fast into Turn 15 and suffered suspension damage
  • Red Bull now has to race to fix the car in time for the qualifying session

Max Verstappen’s preparations for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix took a major blow after he crashed out of final practice.

The Formula 1 World Championship leader ran too much speed through left-handed Turn 15 and hit the barrier.

Verstappen was unable to reverse from the accident and the session was red flagged with 30 minutes to go.

Max Verstappen crashed in the final practice before the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday

Max Verstappen crashed in the final practice before the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday

The Dutch driver ended up in the barriers at Turn 15 before the session was red flagged

The Dutch driver ended up in the barriers at Turn 15 before the session was red flagged

The Dutch driver ended up in the barriers at Turn 15 before the session was red flagged

Verstappen (left) is now anxiously waiting for his Red Bull team to repair his car auto

Verstappen (left) is now anxiously waiting for his Red Bull team to repair his car auto

Verstappen (left) is now anxiously waiting for his Red Bull team to repair his car auto

Verstappen’s Red Bull team will now face a race against the clock to ensure his car is ready for qualifying, which takes place at 1 p.m.

Verstappen, who is four points ahead of Lewis Hamilton en route to Sunday’s race, suffered suspension damage in the accident.

After leaving his cockpit, Verstappen sat bent over on a concrete block as he wondered how big the blow could be his practice crash ahead of the campaign’s sixth round in Baku.

The Dutchman took his first win in Monaco on the last lap and will be happy to build on his momentum as he battles Mercedes.

Red Bull is now frantically working on the car, with the aim of getting Verstappen back on track

Red Bull is now frantically working on the car, with the aim of getting Verstappen back on track

Red Bull is now frantically working on the car, with the aim of getting Verstappen back on track

In the absence of Verstappen, Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri finished as the surprising pacemaker, finishing the running three-tenths of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, with Hamilton in third.

However, the world champion took advantage of a mighty back drag from Perez’s Red Bull on the long trail to the finish, while his Mercedes team still seemed to struggle with the pace.

Indeed, Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas finished just 13th, 1.5 seconds off the pace.

Lewis Hamilton finished third in practice and will try to take advantage of Verstappen's mistake

Lewis Hamilton finished third in practice and will try to take advantage of Verstappen's mistake

Lewis Hamilton finished third in practice and will try to take advantage of Verstappen’s mistake

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