Verstappen was worried after Ricciardo retirement

Published on 29 Oct 2018 00:58

Max Verstappen admits that he was feeling nervous following Daniel Ricciardo's retirement from the Mexican Grand Prix. Ricciardo was forced to pull over and retire after a suspected hydraulics issue hit his car.

Ricciardo was running in second place at the time and was holding off Sebastian Vettel, who was on much fresher tyres. Verstappen was almost ten seconds up the road, leading the race, but says that he felt worried when he heard that Ricciardo had retired from the race.

Verstappen had his share of issues through the weekend, ending his FP2 session early with a hydraulics issue: "Yeah, of course," he said when asked if he was nervous about suffering a similar issue to Ricciardo towards the end of the race.

“Without the issue for Daniel we could have had a one-two or at least two cars on the podium. Then of course afterwards it was making sure I didn’t retire. You just want to make sure that nothing happens, we were that far in the lead there was no pressure you can always turn it down.”

Verstappen was left frustrated following qualifying on Saturday when he was beaten by Ricciardo to pole position. However, he soared past his teammate at the start of the race, which he highlighted as the key moment in securing the victory.

"The start was the key, it was very important,” he said. “Of course Lewis [Hamilton] didn’t want to risk anything and from there on I was able to do my own thing. That was very crucial to the race.

“To be honest I didn’t sleep very well last tonight, I was really determined to win today. Luckily we did that - amazing job by the team as well. We had the right tyres available and the car was working really well.”

Replies (4)
SE calle.itw 29 Oct 2018 06:130
Posts: 5618
Little wonder. Yet he still did a good job under those circumstances. Did they ever turn down his engine, or did they leave it as is? Mind, I guess thats the risk they took when they went for the Spec C.
NL Patentprutser 29 Oct 2018 07:440
Posts: 253
They drove the spec-B in Mexico. Max turned down the engine the last 5 laps
SE calle.itw 29 Oct 2018 18:340
Posts: 5618
Did they run the B-spec in the race too though? I kinda got the feeling they'd be running the B-spec during practice and then revert to C for quali and race.
Posts: 946
He kept on asking for them to turn his PU down. He was also short shifting and coasting more. I think we went to the B-spec unit.

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