Mad Max! World champion Verstappen is to start Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from 15TH after ‘very annoying mechanical failure’ at Turn 10… and the Red Bull star is calling for his fans to be ‘realistic’ with many still expecting him to win

Max Verstappen’s hopes of a second consecutive grand prix victory to start the 2023 received a serious blow after the Dutchman crashed out of qualifying on Saturday. The current world champion was eliminated in Q2 after suffering engine failure, and will start 15th on the grid during tomorrow’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah. Red Bull confirmed that his car had suffered driveshaft mechanical failure, after Verstappen lost acceleration power. Charles Leclerc, who was forced to retire from the opening race of the season in Bahrain due to his Ferrari’s engine failure, finished second-fastest, but due to a looming 10-place grid penalty, will start 12th tomorrow.

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