Max Verstappen: I would have retired even without contact

Max Verstappen said he was going to be forced into retiring from the Tuscan Grand Prix despite of the first-lap accident.

Red Bull and Honda were seen working on Verstappen’s RB16 after they found an issue with the power unit.

The Dutchman was able to make the race start, but he had a terrible getaway and sunk down the order.

And his race went no further than Turn 2 after getting caught up in a multi-car collision which ended with Kimi Raikkonen punting Verstappen into the gravel.

The lack of power for Verstappen at the start seemed strange, so his confirmation that the PU issue hadn’t been fully fixed makes sense.

Verstappen believes it was the same issue which plagued him at Monza, causing the Red Bull man to retire.

Max is caught up in a first lap tangle and is out of the race 😫 Alex is P4 behind the safety car #TuscanGP 🇮🇹 #F1 pic.twitter.com/SGN1No2soc

— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) September 13, 2020

“Already on the formation lap, the engine stalled.” Verstappen said back in the Mugello paddock.

“Probably the same problem as Monza I guess because it felt a bit similar. I had a good launch and went around Lewis.

“And then it didn’t accelerate so lost a lot of speed.

“The contact after doesn’t matter. That’s what happens and when I had a situation like I had I would have probably retired anyway.

“It is what it is.”

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