Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver makes shock revelation – 'I COULD NOT SEE'

Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver makes shock revelation – ‘I COULD NOT SEE’ (Image:
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Verstappen went into Sunday’s race with a job on his hands to secure a top-three finish having qualified in sixth.

But the Red Bull driver made up for a disappointing Saturday session by delivering a strong performance despite suffering engine troubles.

Max Verstappen came in third, joining winner Lewis Hamilton and second-place Sebastian Vettel on the podium.

The Dutchman has revealed his task had been harder in shock circumstances though by oil coming from the rear end of Pierre Gasly’s car.

“It wasn’t easy from the start, the engine had a bit of an issue which meant we lost a few places in the opening lap,” Verstappen said.

“It was a good launch but then I think it went into some sort of protection mode, we switched a sensor off and it seemed to be ok for the rest of the race.

“Once we had sorted the problem I was able to get on the attack and enjoy some really nice overtaking, especially passing [Valtteri] Bottas.

“I don’t think he saw me on the inside so we ended up touching, luckily we both escaped with no damage.

Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver makes shock revelation - 'I COULD NOT SEE'

Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver makes shock revelation – ‘I COULD NOT SEE’ (Image:
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“It is hard to follow here so although I got close, I never really had a shot at getting past Seb.

“I struggled in the closing laps a bit because I couldn’t see.

“My visor was covered in oil from the back of Pierre’s car, if I wiped it, it made it worse, it was like driving through fog.

“Luckily the tyres held on until the end and I managed to finish my season with another podium.

Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver makes shock revelation - 'I COULD NOT SEE'

Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver makes shock revelation – ‘I COULD NOT SEE’ (Image:
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“Everyone is ready for a bit of a break now, so we will take some time off once testing is complete, and come back refreshed and ready for a new challenge in 2019.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner offered an insight into the engine problem Verstappen had encountered.

“Max recovered after his engine went into safety mode after getting very warm at the start of the race and fought his way back into position,” Horner said.

Verstappen will be driving alongside Red Bull new boy Gasly when the 2019 F1 season starts in Australia next March.

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