Verstappen Feared Brake Failure on Sprint Qualifying Opening F1 Lap After Fire Episode

Published 07/18/2021, 6:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg , Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wearing a protective face mask during a press conference after qualifying in pole position FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Max Verstappen won the sprint qualifying to secure pole position for the race on Sunday at Silverstone. The Red Bull driver started the race from P2 behind title rival Lewis Hamilton but passed him at the start of the sprint qualifying.

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Interestingly, it was not all smooth sailing for The Dutch driver, as his front brakes were on fire at the start of the race. Verstappen stated he was worried that his brakes might not work at the first braking point.

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I was not sure going into Turn 3 if my brakes were going to work: Verstappen

As reported by Formula1, Max stated in the press conference after the sprint qualifying that he was worried about brake failure. The Red Bull driver was hoping the other drivers would take their grid positions quickly.

 “Yeah, I was really worried, A little bit of fire, it’s not… it’s OK but at one point it was becoming quite big and I was just looking in my mirror at the guys in the back, saying please, speed up, speed up,” said the championship leader.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

So then, of course, I was not sure going into Turn 3 if my brakes were going to work but luckily it didn’t do too much damage. I saw a few people in the grandstand making pictures when the brakes were on fire. For sure they have a good few shots there.”

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Max looking to extend his championship lead over Hamilton

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Max extended his championship by a single point after winning the sprint qualifying ahead of Lewis Hamilton. However, the Dutchman will now look to win the British Grand Prix for the first time. And while he has had the upper hand for a while now, he is wary of the pace of the Mercedes have and knows the race could be tight.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“I think what we learned today is that it’s very close again. It’s a bit different. It seems like we are quick through corners. They are quick on the straight this weekend,” said Max.

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With both Red Bull and Mercedes having their own advantages going into the British Grand Prix, who do you think will come out on top? Will Hamilton end his winless race streak in front of him home crowd or will Verstappen win his fifth consecutive race?

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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