Max Verstappen has labelled the 2017 Formula 1 season as “a very tough year” after a sixth retirement out of the twelve races that have taken place thus far in the 2017 F1 season.
The Dutch driver, who arguably had the best support at the Spa circuit, suffered another Renault F1 engine failure on Lap 8 of the Belgian Grand Prix, whilst his team-mate went on to claim a podium spot behind the Hamilton-Vettel battle.
The Red Bull driver says his recent misfortunes cannot be called back luck, as he now holds a 50% DNF rate for the 2017 Formula 1 season, as he trails his Australian team-mate by 65 points in the drivers’ championship.
Asked how many more failures he could cope with, a dejected Max Verstappen said: “I don’t know, but not too many,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports F1.
“Frustrated, disappointed and just really not happy. For a top team, this can’t happen. At the beginning you can say bad luck, these things happen. But if it’s happening again for the sixth time this year, you can’t call it bad luck any more.
“The fans buy very expensive tickets to come and watch the race and then after eight laps it’s finished.
“Also it’s just really demotivating because you work hard all weekend, you have a great qualifying and you’re looking forward to the race but then you retire after eight laps.
“I don’t know what to say – it’s just a very tough year.”