During a sprint race fight with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen’s brakes catch fire.

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During a sprint race fight with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen’s brakes catch fire.

As he sped by Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix sprint race, Max Verstappen’s front left brakes caught fire.

At the start of the British Grand Prix sprint race, Max Verstappen was on fire – literally – as flames erupted from his front left wheel as he used the power to ensure he got off to a flying start.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes took pole position for the 17-lap mini-race, with Verstappen following him on the front row.

Verstappen’s Red Bull was noticed with flames pouring out of the front left before the lights went out.

The flames were shortly extinguished when the Dutchman leapfrogged his British competitor to take the lead.

Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, on the other hand, was involved in a horrific crash and was sent spinning through the grass, dropping from eighth to the back of the pack.

Hamilton lamented over his team radio that he lacked the speed to catch Verstappen, who had clearly recovered from his early misfortunes.

The seven-time world champion responded, “I’m giving everything, have you got any more power?”

After Friday’s qualifying session, Verstappen claimed that Hamilton’s pole position in the sprint race would be meaningless.

To be honest, it’s a strange feeling,” Verstappen added. “You do qualifying, you go all out, and it doesn’t mean anything in terms of feeling like you’re in pole position.”

“We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I believe we have a strong race vehicle; all we need to do now is work out some of the issues we encountered in qualifying. I’m still optimistic that we’ll have a strong race.”

“We just need to look at ourselves because I think the car handled very well but there was a lot of understeer so I couldn’t really attack any corners, just waiting for the front to grip up,” he continued.

“To be honest, it was a strange feeling to drive because I don’t believe it was set-up or front-wing related, but it is what it is. It’s fine since we’re still close.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton had issued a warning to Verstappen, stating that he would be at his best on his home track.

“I’m going into it with my head up high and all guns blazing,” Hamilton added. “Brinkwire Summary News” says, “I need to bring out the lion.”

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