Max Verstappen says a “150 horsepower increase” caused his crash during Qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, where he missed out to contest for pole position, and will start way down the field.
The Dutchman had the quickest race-pace simulation during Friday Practice 2 for the Bahrain Grand Prix, and many had tipped the Red Bull driver to challenge Ferrari for victory in Bahrain, however his chances have almost certainly been dashed by his crash.
Verstappen admits he was quite surprised by the sudden wheel-spin which hit him on his hot lap in the Red Bull, and described the feeling like an “on and off switch”, however believes finishing in the top five would be possible in tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
“It was unfortunate.” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1 after his crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“I studied the data and suddenly we had a 150 horsepower increase which is a bit odd because the corner is not flat out so you are just juggling the throttle.
“It was like an on and off switch and suddenly is span the rear tyres up quite aggressively and I spun.
“I didn’t expect it at all. 150 horsepower when you think you are on the limit is quite a lot.
“It should be alright tomorrow. Up to P5 should be alright. A little bit of luck with a Safety Car would be nice.”
Christian Horner says despite the heavy crash Verstappen suffered, Red Bull are unlikely to change his chassis, and believes a good race lies in store with overtaking significantly easier than the last race in Melbourne.
“I haven’t spoken to Max yet.” said Horner.
“We were doing another lap to get the engine to learn a little bit more in order to optimise it’s setting and the rear has got away from him.
“The damage is fairly superficial. It’s not damaged the chassis but it’s annoying it’s happened then in qualifying.
“He looked quick this morning and it’s an opportunity lost today but he will get his head down tomorrow and race hard. This track you can overtake at so we will see.”