Max Verstappen had a nightmare Tuscan Grand Prix as he crashed out on the opening lap and fumed down the team radio as his frustration spilled over. Lewis Hamilton also got off the a poor start as he surrendered his pole position on Turn One.
Verstappen’s Red Bull needed last-minute work doing on the grid as his engineers raced to get the car ready.
When the lights went out the Dutchman, who came third in qualifying, began to fall into the midfield.
He screamed “I’ve got no power” heading into the opening few corners before spinning into the gravel.
Vertsappen is third in the Drivers’ Championship and this huge blow will only further crush his hopes of catching Hamilton and Bottas.
The Mercedes duo started on the front row and Bottas got off to the perfect start as he shot past his team-mate to lead the pack.
But he was not able to pull away from Hamilton because a safety car was deployed to ensure Verstappen’s car could be cleared away.
It took six laps for the debris to be cleared but just as the racing was about to restart there was a pile-up.
Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz, Nicholas Latifi and Antonio Giovinazzi all collided and the race was suspended under a red flag.
“That was f***ing stupid from whoever was at the front,” Romain Grosjean fumed over his team radio. “This is the worst thing that I have seen, ever!”
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