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Belgian GP retirement is not “bad luck” – Verstappen

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Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was forced to retire for the sixth time in 12 races, following the race he says his Belgian Grand Prix retirement is not simply a case of “bad luck”.

The 19-year-old Dutchman was forced out of fifth place just seven laps into the Spa F1 race due to a cylinder failure in his car’s internal combustion engine, disappointing the huge Dutch fans, 80,000 arrived to form a massed ‘orange army’ in a crowd of 125,000 – at Eau Rouge.

“Frustrated, disappointed, just really not happy,” Verstappen said.

“For a top team this can’t happen; in the beginning [of the year] you can say, ‘it’s bad luck, these things happen’, but it’s happening again and for the sixth time this year, so you can’t call it bad luck anymore.

“Straight out of the last corner something happened, I upshifted from third to fourth and suddenly all the power cut off in like a safe mode, so it’s very frustrating.”

“It’s now 50% of the races [ended] in retirement,” Verstappen told NBC.

“It’s unbelievable, like I said on the radio, I just can’t believe that those things happen. Of course, I’m competing against Fernando Alonso in terms of retirements.

“I’m not happy at all. I am very disappointed for retiring and the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch and I retire after eight laps. No words.”

When the media asked if the troubles might affect his F1 future decisions, and whether he would reflect leaving Red Bull Racing to find a more reliable car, Max answered: “To be honest, I’m not even thinking about that.

“We just need to solve it within the team, because for a top team those things can’t happen.

“I’m not too worried about the future, what’s happening next year, I just want to finish races and have good results. We worked very hard all weekend, and then again you just retire. The results are not happening, so you don’t care about next year or the year after at this time.

“We need to talk. We will always talk about, at the moment I am not a happy person and I look forward to going home.”

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