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SPORT NEWS – Horner not sure about Verstappen gearbox after crash ruins ‘lap of the 12 months’

Horner not sure about Verstappen gearbox after crash ruins ‘lap of the 12 months’



Purple Bull group principal Christian Horner believes Max Verstappen was on “the lap of the 12 months” earlier than his crash on the finish of qualifying on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and is nervous about gearbox harm that might pressure the group to take a grid penalty for a substitute.

Verstappen had set the quickest first two sectors on his ultimate lap and seemed set to take pole place with a particular effort earlier than he hit the wall on the exit of the ultimate nook, having gone in too deep. The contact broken the right-rear nook of Verstappen’s automobile and compelled him to cease.

“It was trying just like the lap of the 12 months,” Horner informed Sky Sports activities. “It’s an ideal disgrace. He simply grabbed the entrance into the final nook there. You’re making an attempt to maintain the momentum… He may see on his sprint he was greater than 1 / 4 of a second up going into the nook and sadly he’s run out of street.

“Fairly brutal, let’s hope the gearbox isn’t broken and we’ll see what we are able to do tomorrow.

“He didn’t say an excessive amount of. He mentioned he touched the wall and that was that. It was an ideal disgrace because it was a mighty, mighty lap. We’re on the again foot right here and was pulling one thing very particular out of the bag. Sadly it wasn’t to be — hopefully it isn’t a gearbox penalty as that will be particularly brutal.”

A gearbox penalty would drop Verstappen 5 positions on the grid, however a scarcity of a penalty for Lewis Hamilton earlier on Saturday — when he was alleged to have ignored double waved yellow flags in FP3 — left Horner bemused.

“We’ll have take a look at it. It feels a little bit inconsistent with what we’ve seen two weeks in the past,” he mentioned. “We have now the correct to an attraction. We’ll take a look on the data we’ve, we haven’t checked out it that intently. These selections are so late, the group administration must concentrate on the qualifying. So we’ll take a look and see. One factor that we desperately need is simply consistency.”

Nevertheless, Purple Bull didn’t lodge an attraction earlier than the window to take action expired.

 

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SPORT NEWS – Horner not sure about Verstappen gearbox after crash ruins ‘lap of the 12 months’
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