Disaster for Max Verstappen and Red Bull as the world champion is forced OUT of the Bahrain Grand Prix late on… before team-mate Sergio Perez ALSO retires on the final lap to hand Lewis Hamilton a podium

Red Bull suffered a nightmare at the opening race of the season after both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were both forced to retire late on at the Bahrain Grand Prix. With just three laps to go Verstappen, while running second, dramatically lost power forcing to him to limp home into the pits. But then Sergio Perez started to complain of similar power issues while under pressure from Lewis Hamilton, with his power issues forcing him to spin out on the final lap at turn one and allow the Brit to claim a top three spot. Verstappen had been trailing Leclerc throughout the race and after coming in for a late pit-stop immediately complained about losing his power steering, hinting at a hydraulics issue for his car. Verstappen was then informed by his team that while his power steering issues could not be fixed they would not get worse for the remaining ten laps. ‘The steering issue [on Verstappen’s car] was when the car got dropped after the final stop.’. Verstappen added: ‘It was impossible to steer and it was worse the faster I was going.

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