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Verstappen red flags practice on Dutch return

Verstappen red flags practice on Dutch return

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Verstappen red flags practice on Dutch return

Verstappen red flags practice on Dutch return

Max Verstappen's opening practice session for his home race in the Netherlands lasted just 10 minutes after his Red Bull ground to a halt on track with a gearbox issue.

Roars reverberated around the Zandvoort circuit when Verstappen took to a track where won in commanding fashion a year ago on F1's return after a long absence.

The reigning champion had run for seven laps, and was top of the timesheet with a lap of one minute 14.714s, when his RB18 suddenly slowed and stopped.

Verstappen reported a gearbox fault, leading to the session being red flagged and halted for nine minutes before his car was retrieved and returned to the garage.

Earlier today, a seal was broken on the gearbox of Verstappen's car in order to change the main-shaft locking insert. That was done without penalty.

It is unknown at this stage whether that had any impact on the gearbox failure.

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