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Verstappen felt P2 was in reach before Bahrain GP brake failure

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Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen felt he was on course to finish Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix in second place before a brake failure ended his race.

Verstappen ran fourth for Red Bull in the early part of the race before pitting on Lap 11 in a bid to get the undercut on the Mercedes drivers ahead.

While a similar tactic allowed Sebastian Vettel to move into the lead en route to his second win of the season, Verstappen ended his race in the wall after suffering a brake failure on his out lap.

“I hit the brake pedal, lost all the rear pressures, only had the fronts left and couldn’t stop the car,” Verstappen told NBCSN after the race.

“It’s very disappointing. We would have been second if we could have just run. We would have undercut the Mercedes. The car held on really well. That’s a side of motorsport I guess.”

Red Bull looked more competitive in both qualifying and the early part of the race than it did in either Australia or China, with Verstappen putting it down to the tire strengths of the RB13.

“We definitely improved the car but this track is hard on tires and our car is good on the tires,” Verstappen said.

The result marks Verstappen’s first DNF of the season following runs to fifth and third in Australia and China respectively.

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.