Verstappen Breaks In Baku Training Following Crash On Infamous Turn 15

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen had to abort the third free practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday morning.

The World Cup standings leader lost control of his RB16B after half an hour and slipped into the wall at the infamous Turn 15.

It was not a hard blow that Verstappen's car received, but the damage was such that the car could no longer back onto the track. The RB16B eventually had to be removed from the circuit in Baku with a tow truck.

It means a big setback for Verstappen after a good training day on Friday when he finished first and second.

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Turn 15 causes problems

Verstappen's crash happened at the same spot where Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had driven into the track barrier during the second free practice on Friday.

Leclerc's team-mate Carlos Sainz avoided getting into trouble at Turn 15 on Saturday morning by entering the run-off lane rather than taking the corner.

Lewis Hamilton showed some improvement with his Mercedes compared to Friday by setting the third time in the third free practice, in which Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) recorded the best time.

That time came about after the Brit had been able to use the slipstream of Sergio Pérez.

RB16B ready in time for qualifying?

Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan is scheduled for today at 2 p.m.

Then it will also become clear to what extent the Red Bull mechanics of Verstappen have been able to patch up the battered RB16B.

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