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Max Verstappen

Verstappen concern for 'rest-of-the-year' impact after rare Red Bull problem

Max Verstappen's FP2 session at the Canadian Grand Prix was ruined by a rare Red Bull problem that has left him sweating.

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Max Verstappen is aware of the impact his rare Canadian Grand Prix practice failure could have on the rest of Red Bull's season.

In a damp, gloomy FP2 in Montreal, Verstappen session was ended early when he came into the pits, and reported he could smell smoke. 

The mechanics wheeled the RB20 back into the garage, but put up caution barriers with the mechanics only approaching once they had fitted rubber safety gloves - indicating a problem with the power unit. 

The team has since confirmed that it was investigating what it called an "ERS fault on car #1", with Verstappen taking 18th in the times - although not much meaningful running was carried out. 

He was armed with a fresh ICE, turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K and exhaust, all within his allocation, but the world champion is now concerned after the rare failure in FP2.

"Unfortunately we didn’t get to drive much," he explained. 

"The team asked me to come in because of electrical problems which they are currently investigating.

"I would have liked to have driven more but the most important thing is to find out what is going on with the car and what consequences this has for this weekend and the rest of the year."

Transcript between Verstappen and his engineer

Below is a transcript of the conversation that took place between Verstappen and his engineer Gianpiero Lambiase as he was called in. 

Gianpiero Lambiase (GP): Box please Max, box please

GP: Box on the marks and switch off, Fail 55, Fail 55. 

Max Verstappen (MV): Can we get the fans? I smell a bit of smoke.

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