Max: I would have retired even without contact

Date published: September 13 2020

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Max Verstappen said he was going to be forced into retiring from the Tuscan Grand Prix despite of the first-lap accident.

Red Bull and Honda were seen working on Verstappen’s RB16 after they found an issue with the power unit.

The Dutchman was able to make the race start, but he had a terrible getaway and sunk down the order.

And his race went no further than Turn 2 after getting caught up in a multi-car collision which ended with Kimi Raikkonen punting Verstappen into the gravel.

The lack of power for Verstappen at the start seemed strange, so his confirmation that the PU issue hadn’t been fully fixed makes sense.

Verstappen believes it was the same issue which plagued him at Monza, causing the Red Bull man to retire.

“Already on the formation lap, the engine stalled.” Verstappen said back in the Mugello paddock.

“Probably the same problem as Monza I guess because it felt a bit similar. I had a good launch and went around Lewis.

“And then it didn’t accelerate so lost a lot of speed.

“The contact after doesn’t matter. That’s what happens and when I had a situation like I had I would have probably retired anyway.

“It is what it is.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner later confirmed that several issues affected the RB16 of Verstappen’s during the race.

The problems before the start related to lights on the back of the Red Bull, whilst on the formation lap a “big electrical issue” affected Verstappen.

Finally the lack of pace at the start is something that Red Bull need to fix alongside Honda, according to Horner.

“The issue on the grid was something different, it was to do with the rear lights, it was nothing to do with the actual power unit,” Horner told Sky F1.

“But on the formation lap everything looked okay and then suddenly there was this big electrical issue.

“He got a great initial launch, he’d done the hard bit and was ahead of Lewis. Enormously frustrating for him because he was really up for it today and I think you can see we had a good race car.

“I don’t think it would have been a walk in the park for Mercedes today.”

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