Red Bull 'amazed' by freak Verstappen suspension failure at Austin

Max Verstappen says Red Bull was left "amazed" by the freak suspension breakage that put him out of Formula 1 qualifying for the 2018 United States Grand Prix

Red Bull 'amazed' by freak Verstappen suspension failure at Austin

He damaged the lower right rear wishbone as he ran wide on the kerbs at the exit of Turn 15 during Q1 in Austin.

Although he managed to get his car back to the pits, the breakage, which pulled out the driveshaft, meant he was unable to rejoin the action and he will start Sunday's race from P15.

Although some drivers were advised to steer clear of the kerbs in qualifying, Verstappen said there had been no concern from his side of the garage about running over them.

"Everybody was taking them," he said. "We also drove like that the last two years and again today was all fine, so it is really unexpected.

"Everything was well within the limits of everything, so there was nothing crazy.

"As you can see, everyone else was doing it as well. So, that is why we are a little bit amazed how it happened."

Verstappen reckons the kerbs will not be a problem during the grand prix running because the racing lines will be different.

"In the race it should not be a problem as you don't use that much of the track anyway for tyres and whatever," he explained. "So it should be alright."

Red Bull is so far unsure if Verstappen's gearbox had been damaged in the incident, but would have little choice other than replacing it and moving further down the order if there is a problem.

"If that is the case, then we take a penalty and we start a little bit further back, but it is not going to change the world," Verstappen added.

Even without the suspension problem, Verstappen was sceptical regarding his chances of mounting a proper challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari in qualifying.

"I think they were too quick," he said. "We never thought we had a chance in qualifying. I think we have a good race car. I felt good in qualifying with the laps I did.

"Hopefully we can clear the midfield quite quickly and we can still be in the race like last year and have a good fight with them."

shares
comments
Ferrari's US Grand Prix gains came after it dropped upgrades

Previous article

Ferrari's US Grand Prix gains came after it dropped upgrades

Next article

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon escape qualifying penalties

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon escape qualifying penalties
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Max Verstappen
Teams Red Bull Racing
Author Jonathan Noble
Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish” Plus

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish”

We’ve seen five distinct versions of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes as he’s tried to fulfil his own ambitions while being a consummate team player – two difficult, competing missions which have been challenging to reconcile. Speaking exclusively to STUART CODLING, Bottas explains his highs and lows… and why he still believes he can be world champion

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row? Plus

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row?

Aston Martin claims Formula 1’s latest technical tweaks have cost it competitiveness – and that it’s the innocent victim of a regulatory stitch-up aimed at pegging back Mercedes. But is any of this actually true? It depends on who you ask, says STUART CODLING

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

Formula 1
May 13, 2021
What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Formula 1
May 12, 2021
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021