Verstappen began the Jeddah race from fifteenth after a driveshaft failure prevented him from setting a lap time in Q2.
Because of Pink Bull’s majestic tempo and a well-timed security automotive, the two-time world champion sliced via the sector to take second behind team-mate Sergio Perez, who executed a perfect race to win from pole.
However the Dutchman survived one other driveshaft scare within the second half on the race after he reported extra “unusual noises” coming from the rear.
“At one level, I picked up once more these vibrations on the driveshaft, on the rear,” Verstappen defined.
“The workforce could not see something, however I am pretty certain there was one thing odd happening with the steadiness for the reason that vibration began to kick in.”
When requested if it felt much like when the driveshaft broke in qualifying, he stated: “Yeah, however in fact in qualifying it simply went. It snapped.
“Fortunately, it did not do this but it surely began to have the same impact on the sensation of driving and what you may hear.”
Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing, 2nd place, Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing, 1st place, Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Crew, provisionally third place
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Crew principal Christian Horner admitted his “coronary heart sank” when Verstappen reported his potential driveshaft problem.
“I believe the largest level of concern for us through the grand prix was when Max radioed in with about 15 laps to go saying he heard a high-pitched noise at excessive velocity,” Horner stated.
“So your coronary heart instantly sinks, interested by the driveshaft failure of yesterday.
“However checking all the information that we now have right here, every little thing that they may see again in Milton Keynes, all of the parameters we had appeared okay. And clearly, then they pushed on once more. However an incredible restoration from fifteenth to second.”
Verstappen’s problem successfully ended any risk he could have wished to pose to team-mate Perez, as Pink Bull ordered each vehicles to quickly handle their tempo.
As soon as Pink Bull was assured Verstappen’s automotive was effective, it was too late for him to shut the hole. As a substitute, he centered on grabbing the purpose for the quickest lap, which he took off Perez on the ultimate lap of the race.
“At one level I did the calculations and I would not have been capable of shut that hole to the tip with solely 10 laps left,” Verstappen stated. “So, at one level it is extra essential to simply accept second, not having a problem with the automotive.”
Pink Bull will proceed to research its driveshaft earlier than the subsequent race in Melbourne, in two weeks’ time.
“It is one thing that we have to perceive,” Horner added. “We’ll take off all of the elements. We simply must be taught from it going ahead, if there is a design tweak or not I do not know. However clearly, we have got 4 examples of it operating in each our automotive and within the AlphaTauri.”
Extra reporting by Jon Noble