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Verstappen reveals battery problems caused lack of pace

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 09: Third placed qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks in the press conference after qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on October 09, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by XPB – Pool/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen qualified third for the Turkish Grand Prix behind both Mercedes cars and revealed a battery problem that caused a lack of pace.


  • The Red Bull driver finished more than three tenths behind championship rival Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for today’s race.
  • His battery ran out faster than expected, thus giving him less power on the final lap on the straight.

What he said:

  • “I think it cost me one to one and a half tenths. It wouldn’t have given me pole, but it would have looked a bit better.”
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