For the second time in three races, defending Formula One champion Max Verstappen has been forced to retire from the track.
This time round he had to pull out on lap 39 of 58 due to a suspected fuel leak. He has now slipped to sixth in the standings.
“We’re already miles behind,” Verstappen admitted. “I don’t even want to think about the championship fight at the moment. I think it’s more important to finish races.”
Verstappen continued: “Of course, today was in general just a bad day again.”
“Just not really having the pace. I was just managing my tires, trying to just bring it to the end because it looked like quite an easy P2 anyway.”
It wasn’t the first time the Dutchman was hindered by vehicle issues. In qualifying, he struggled with balance issues.
“I knew there was a problem, os there was always going to be a question mark over finishing the race, but these kind of things – if you want to fight for the title – cannot happen,” Verstappen added.