Electrical issue caused Verstappen retirement

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Renault has confirmed that an electrical issue caused Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen to retire for a third time from four races this season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Technical problems caused the Dutch youngster to retire in Australia and China and he was once again forced out of proceedings as his STR10 slowed, albeit when he was running outside of the top 10.

"It hasn’t been a positive day," he said. "It was a tough race. It looks like an electrical issue made us end our race before time.

"Obviously this is not the way we would like to finish our weekend but we have to stay positive. I’m disappointed, but we will carry on working as hard as always in order to come back stronger in Barcelona and fight for points again."

Team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. retired due to a suspected loose wheel after he emerged from the pits.

"[It was] quite a disappointing day today for all of us, especially after such a good qualifying yesterday," he said.

"I don’t know what happened to my car today, I just know that I felt something weird with its behaviour and I was forced to stop. I can’t hide the fact that I’m upset because we had a very good starting grid position but we suffered from a lack of pace today."

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