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Verstappen explains dramatic exit from Saudi Arabia qualifying

The Red Bull driver will start outside of the top ten for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, after he was forced to drop out midway through qualifying with a problem.

Max Verstappen confirmed that it was a driveshaft problem that caused him to make a dramatic exit from Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying. The Red Bull topped all three practice sessions heading into the session and had set the quickest time in Q1, before he slowed with a problem during the second part of qualifying. "Drive shaft is broken, so then it stops," said Verstappen to Viaplay . "I can't make anything else of it. Just have to accept and try to make the most of it on Sunday." Red Bull replaced the gearbox on Verstappen's car prior to the session, however the Dutchman confirmed that the driveshaft failure was not related to the change.

Verstappen: Will be tricky to get to the front

Verstappen will start from P15 on the grid if he takes no further penalties, with the Dutchman anticipating that it will be "tricky" for him to get to the front. "So far we've had a really good weekend, every session was going really well. Every time we were on the track the car was working really well," he said to Sky Sports . "It will be a bit more tricky to get to the front, but it's all about scoring points. I would've wanted to start further up the road but we cannot change that."

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