Max Verstappen ‘frustrated’ after a tire blowout cost him Azerbaijan Grand Prix victory when he reveals he discovered title rival Lewis Hamilton’s mistake while getting his blood pressure checked after a 200km/h crash
- Max Verstappen was devastated after a 200 km/h tire blowout
- It looked like the Dutchman would lose the title lead to Lewis Hamilton
- However, the Briton’s mistake prevented Hamilton from scoring any points either
- Verstappen was in the medical center when he discovered Hamilton’s mistake
- His teammate Sergio Perez took advantage of his first win for Red Bull
There will be mixed feelings for Max Verstappen after a dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix in which he lost an almost certain victory.
Verstappen was just four laps away from extending his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton when he suffered a tire blowout at 200mph and sent his Red Bull into the wall, ending his race.
The Dutchman was unharmed, but frustrated as it seemed certain he would lose his title lead to Hamilton.
Max Verstappen suffered a blowout left rear tire at 200 km/h while leading the Grand Prix Prix
Verstappen kicks his tire in frustration as he loses an almost certain victory in Azerbaijan
Lewis Hamilton made a mistake on the restart and was unable to take the DNF. from Verstappen not cashing in
However, Hamilton made a huge mistake on the restart of the race as he ran wide and finished outside the points, thus not taking advantage of Verstappen’s retirement.
Verstappen was unharmed but frustrated as it gave Hamilton a glorious chance to retake the championship lead.
However, Hamilton made a huge mistake on the restart of the race as he ran wide and finished outside the points.
Verstappen said after the race: “I didn’t feel anything until I suddenly turned to the right. It’s not a fun impact to have, it’s quite a dangerous place to get a blowout. Everything fine with me, the car not so much.
“Until then we had a very strong race. We were completely in control, so it’s very disappointing what happened. We lost a lot of points and could have opened the championship. It’s very frustrating this close to the end.’
Verstappen’s crash caused a red flag and after a short delay the race would start again with a standing restart.
At the restart, it looked like Hamilton was planning to jump Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez for the lead, then run wide after accidentally flipping a switch that disengaged his brakes.
Red Bull extended the lead in the Constructors’ Championship with Sergio Perez taking the win
Hamilton made the mistake while under pressure from Perez and dropped to the back of the field, finishing outside the points.
Verstappen said he was at the medical center after discovering Hamilton’s mistake.
He said: ‘Checo (Perez) had a great day and we both got through the guys we had to pass and we did the lap times we needed to do.
“The car was really good today, but two street circuits and now we’re going back to normal circuits and I’ve said it before, Mercedes will really click.
“We have to stay sharp and keep pushing hard. They also have a very good car, they don’t always say that. It’s just a shame, because I wanted to make the gap even bigger.’
‘I had to go to the medical center. When I was in bed and they checked my blood pressure, my phone vibrated. Lots of texts and when I was allowed to go I saw that Lewis had a problem going into Turn 1.”
Perez took the checkered flag for his second career win over Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin and Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri, while Hamilton finished 15th.
Despite his disappointment, Verstappen is still four points ahead of Hamilton