Verstappen denied points finish after engine failure four laps from the end in China (VIDEO)


Max Verstappen continued his impressive start to life in Formula 1 during the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday by fighting his way up into the points, only to then be sidelined by an engine failure with four laps remaining.

The Dutchman qualified 13th on Saturday, but remained confident of a points finish due to the improved pace of the Toro Rosso STR10 car in China.

A good start saw him quickly move up into the top ten as he passed Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo with relative ease for the second race in succession. Further overtakes on Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr took Verstappen up into eighth place with five laps remaining, and he was quickly catching Lotus driver Romain Grosjean for P7.

However, the Renault engine in the back of his Toro Rosso failed with just four laps to go, forcing him to stop on the main straight and give up all hopes of points in Shanghai.

What followed was a rather comical attempt by the local marshals to try and wheel the car back into the pit lane, bumping it into the wall twice before the Toro Rosso mechanics removed the front wing to prevent any more damage being done.

Today marked the first pointless race for Toro Rosso in 2015 as Carlos Sainz Jr. struggled on a prime-option-option tire strategy, leaving him down in 14th place at the flag.