Max Verstappen ‘frustrated’ after tyre blowout costs him Azerbaijan Grand Prix victory as he reveals he found out about title rival Lewis Hamilton’s error while getting his blood pressure checked after 200mph crash

There will be mixed feelings for Max Verstappen after a dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix which saw him lose an almost certain victory. Verstappen was just four laps away from extending his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton, when he suffered a tyre blowout at 200mph sending his Red Bull into the wall and ending his race. The Dutchman was unharmed though frustrated as it looked certain that he was set to lose his title lead to Hamilton. Hamilton though made a huge error on the race restart as he ran wide and finished outside of the points, therefore failing to capitalise on Verstappen’s retirement. Verstappen was unharmed though frustrated as it gave Hamilton a glorious chance of retaking the championship lead. However Hamilton made a huge error on the race restart as he ran wide and finished outside of the points. Verstappen said after the race: ‘I didn’t feel anything up until the moment I suddenly went to the right. Hamilton made the error while under pressure from Perez and dropped to the back of the field finishing outside of the points. Verstappen said he was in the medical centre after finding out about Hamilton’s error.

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