Verstappen: A miracle we got out at all

Date published: March 1 2019

Max Verstappen: A miracle we got out at all

Max Verstappen says it was a “miracle” that he even managed 29 laps in Spain on Friday given Pierre Gasly’s crash the day before.

Gasly was in action on the penultimate day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya and crashed heavily at Turn Nine.

The Frenchman’s off caused significant damage to the RB15 including the gearbox.

Although Red Bull brought in parts overnight in order to give Verstappen the chance to test on the final day, the Dutchman was limited to just 29 laps.

He ran during the morning’s session but didn’t return to the track in the afternoon due to a gearbox issue.

He revealed that both had been broken in different offs.

“The team worked so very hard to even let me drive today at all,” he told Crash.net

“We just had very few parts. Everything came over from England last night so it’s a miracle we were even able to go out.

“We were a bit short on gearboxes. Two were already broken in two crashes. So that was it.

“It wasn’t great today but the speed looks alright.

“Looking at long runs the top teams are all fairly close. We can be happy with that.”

The next time Verstappen steps into his Red Bull RB15 will be for Friday practice in Melbourne.

Asked for his thoughts about the upcoming campaign, he said: “It’s a long season, so much can happen.

“Last year the World Championship was out of reach after the summer break.

“In Melbourne we need to score good points, no matter the positions.

“We are fairly well on pace. Not sure whether it’s enough, because we didn’t really get to do low fuel runs.

“If we look to the longer runs, it looks all pretty promising, so yeah, I’m looking forward to start racing now.

“I think we have a pretty good package. And also the engine seems to work really well. So I’m really happy about that.”

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