F1 news: Max Verstappen explains crash during Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice | F1 | Sport

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It is the third time on as many circuits that Verstappen has been involved in a collision.

The Dutchman was forced to retire in Bahrain after puncturing his tyre while trying to undertake Lewis Hamilton.

A week later in China, the 20-year-old caused himself and Sebastian Vettel to skid across the track after attempting another risky manoeuvre.

However, his latest problem was completely out of his hands as Red Bull chief Christian Horner blamed a “faulty sensor”.

The incident happened in FP1 and his car was called back into the garage where engineers worked throughout lunch to get it out just 20 minutes into FP2.

And with the majority of the hour remaining, Verstappen managed to record the third fastest lap – beating Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

“I lost the rear, spun, and of course hit the wall,” Verstappen said.

“It was a bit more windy, but I don’t know.

“It was a bit slippery at the start – I couldn’t catch the car and hit the wall.

“You just have to feel your way into the track because it was very dusty and slippery, as I found out.

“It was a shame but luckily it didn’t affect us too much in the second practice, so I’m quite happy.

“The mechanics did a great job to repair the car, and in second practice we did most of the programme.”

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