Max Verstappen: “We could have scored some really good points”


Max Verstappen ran fourth early on before retiring with brake failure - Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Max Verstappen felt he was on course for a good result in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday only for brake failure to end his race in the turn four barriers just after his first pit stop.

The Red Bull Racing driver had made a good start to run fourth after passing both Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo in the opening sequence of turns, and was keeping in touch with the trio ahead of him before he made his stop.

However, approaching turn four he locked up and hit the barriers, ending his race and denying him the opportunity to secure a second consecutive podium finish, having finished third in China.

“I had a good start, Kimi struggled a bit off the line so I passed him straight away and then I went round the outside at turn one and overtook Daniel which put me in a good position,” said Verstappen.

“After that I could keep up with the leaders, the car was performing really well on the tyres and the pace was good. I think we made the right call with the pit stop to try and undercut the two Mercedes but then the rear brakes failed on lap 12 and it was race over.

“These things are all a part of racing and there are definitely positives to take away from today. The car was working a lot better here than the previous two races so it’s just an unfortunate ending as we could have scored some really good points.”