Max Verstappen: Leclerc Right to Take Blame for Sakhir GP Crash after ‘Reckless’ Start

Published 12/06/2020, 1:24 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


Max Verstappen suffered an unfortunate end to his race at the Sakhir Grand Prix after falling victim to the clash between Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez. Following the DNF, the Dutchman blasted the drivers for being reckless.

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Max portrayed a gutted figure as he walked off the track. And as expected, he expressed his frustration in the interview following his race that lasted for a single lap.

They were being so reckless and at the end of the day two cars are out, so I don’t really know why,” Max said.

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Ultimately, Leclerc took the blame for his collision with Perez, to which Max responded. “As he should [take the blame],” said Max.

What happened at the race start for Max Verstappen?

Max had a great start to the race and was looking to claim P2 off of Valtteri Bottas, who had yet another poor getaway. However, Max had Perez right behind him, while going into Turn 1.

Hence, unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a drag race between Max, Bottas, and Perez going into Turn 3, and the Mexican looked like he could beat the other two.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Unfortunately, Leclerc locked up going into Turn 3 and ended up clipping the rear of the Racing Point. In the process, Leclerc damaged his front left suspension as he ran across the track onto the gravel.

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Max, who tried his best to stay away from the two, ended up falling in their path and had to avoid a collision by running into the gravel.

However, he just drove a bit too fast into the gravel. He couldn’t turn his car on time and ended up driving his car into the barrier.

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Max jumped out of his car and was visibly fuming as he took to the team radio to lash out at the other cars that led to his DNF. Now, because of his retirement, Max has taken a massive hit in his fight against Bottas in the drivers’ standings.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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