Max Verstappen revealed how a big shard of debris lodged itself under his Red Bull car and caused a loss in performance, meaning he finished seventh at the British Grand Prix.
The Dutchman had just inherited the lead after a mistake from Carlos Sainz but he found himself running over some debris, ironically from an AlphaTauri, and that left him in a process of damage limitation.
Indeed, he pitted feeling as though he had got a puncture and then, once back out on track, felt as though there was still an issue.
In the end, it was discovered a piece of carbon fibre had lodged itself underneath the Red Bull and that naturally ruined performance, with Max then working hard to salvage P7.
Speaking to the press here at Silverstone after the race, he expanded on the issue:
“We were just losing parts when I was in the lead and when I looked at the car on the left-hand side it’s ruptured, everything has gone.
“It went into my floor and destroyed everything, it felt like a puncture because I had no balance and oversteer and the car was hopping a lot so then we decided to box and even after that the car was a handful to drive and then the plan was to try and find a nice aero balance.
“Seventh place is still a good result with the damage I had.”
Ultimately, Verstappen’s championship lead isn’t too harmed despite this result with Charles Leclerc dropping down to fourth, though Sergio Perez did well to achieve a second-place finish.
The Dutchman is 34 points clear at the top, ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix next weekend.