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“To retire so quickly is very disappointing,” he said. “The whole season we’ve tried to stay positive, tried to be calm about the straight-line loses that we’ve had. But then to also be so unreliable is really bad.
“Honestly at the moment it is difficult to accept,” he added to Sky Sports F1, “and I was very angry on the radio, there was a lot of beeping out there…”
Verstappen added that seeing team mate Daniel Ricciardo climb to fourth from 12th on the grid only added to his frustrations of what could have been.
“I mean I was like 25 seconds ahead [of Ricciardo] because of the starting position I was in, and I felt okay with the car.
“It’s always difficult to say afterwards, at the end of the day what could have been easily fifth if nothing happened out front, so again valuable points just thrown away. So let's see what we have to do in Spa. If we have to take penalties, I don't know yet but at the end of the day again at the moment I don't really care.”
With nearly a month to wait until he gets to drive his car in anger once more, Verstappen says he’s not currently relishing F1’s annual summer break.
“I hate it when people say ‘bad luck now enjoy your holiday’. For sure the first week I'm not really enjoying it because of the end of your last race, but that's how it is. I don't feel I am in holiday mode.”
Verstappen’s retirement meant he was unable to add to his 105 points haul this season, leaving him sixth in the drivers’ standings.