What happened to Max Verstappen at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix?

Why did Max Verstappen retire from the Bahrain Grand Prix when he was placed on the podium, what happened to him? Did the same problem affect his teammate Sergio Perez?

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen looked set to claim another podium at the season-opening 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix until late problems forced him.

Teammate Sergio Perez also failed on the final lap, losing a podium spot as Ferrari secured a one-two with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Lewis Hamilton finished third for Mercedes, but what actually happened to Max Verstappen?

Why did Max Verstappen withdraw from the Bahrain Grand Prix?

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What happened to Max Verstappen in Bahrain?

Eleven laps from the 57-lap driver, Pierre Gasly pulled away at Turn 3 with an electrical fire on the rear of his AlphaTauri.

The Safety Car was deployed to allow the Marshalls to recover the stricken machine, but Verstappen, who was in the pits, began reporting problems to his Red Bull team.

Running behind long-time leader Leclerc, Verstappen began saying that his RB18’s power steering felt heavy.

At the restart he was able to defend himself against Sainz – but reported further problems shortly afterwards.

Race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase told Verstappen that Red Bull couldn’t fix the problem and he had to take care of it.

But shortly after being passed by Sainz for P2, Verstappen began to slow and stall.

This allowed teammate Sergio Perez and Hamilton to fight for the final podium spot.

Perez problems

On the final lap of the race, Hamilton looked to dive inside Turn to take P3 from Perez.

However, the RB18’s engine stalled – causing Perez to skid.

Hamilton made no contact with the Mexican.

Leclerc took Ferrari’s first win since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix – and the third of his career.

Sainz clinched another podium for Ferrari, Hamilton saved third place while Mercedes struggled at Bahrian.

George Russell was fourth – with the returning Kevin Magnussen fifth.

Both Red Bulls did not finish.

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