Max Verstappen: “Sometimes you have a bit of luck, sometimes you don’t”


Max Verstappen - Red Bull Racing - Qualifying Spanish GP 2017. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen says his early retirement from the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix was just one of those things.

The Dutchman got off to a great start, and instinctively took the outside line approaching Turn 1, as he attempted to get by the Scuderia Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

Unfortunately for the 19-year-old, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver Valtteri Bottas also arrived at the corner at the same time, and with them now three abreast, it was only ever going to end one way.

“An unfortunate start to the race which ultimately finished it also.

“I tried to go around the outside as there was plenty of room there. If Valtteri had not touched Kimi, we all would have had enough room to get through that corner. Due to the contact, it meant Kimi lost control and slammed into me, but it wasn’t his fault.”

A slight touch from Bottas on the rear tyre of fellow compatriot Raikkonen sent the Ferrari man spearing into the side of Verstappen, knocking them both off track and onto the gravel.

Both drivers sustained damage to their suspensions, and although the Dutchman was able to limp back to the garage, nothing further could be done by the Red Bull mechanics to salvage his race.

Verstappen was philosophical however, stating that you have to accept that things will not always go your way.

“Sometimes you have a bit of luck, like last year; sometimes you don’t as we can see this year.”

The Dutchman was naturally frustrated at not being able to re-join the action, and having scored his first ever F1 win at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last year, becoming the youngest ever race winner in the process, the 19-year-old was confident he would have had a strong race.

“It was a shame to not be able to take part in the race after the incident as I think with this weekend’s upgrades it could have been fun and we could have got a good result.”

Being a serious sportsman, Verstappen has already put the events of the Spanish Grand Prix behind him, and is fully focused on the next round in Monaco, where he has his sights set on a much better result.

“After an unfortunate race for me it’s important to focus and look ahead to Monaco, I’m hoping we can continue to improve and have a good fight there.”