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Verstappen blames front wing for Turkey performance

Max Verstappen says there was a technical reason why he underperformed in last Sunday's Turkish GP.

Max Verstappen says there was a technical reason why he underperformed in last Sunday's Turkish GP.

Despite missing pole to Lance Stroll, the Dutchman had gone into the race as the hot favourite to win. But countryman Robert Doornbos said when happened next was "one of Max's worst performances in his Formula 1 career".

Fellow former F1 driver Timo Glock told RTL: "Max made too many mistakes and took too many risks."

1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve was also critical of Verstappen.

"I've been saying for two years that Verstappen has calmed down, matured and drives like a champion, but Sunday looked like his debut season again," he told Sky Italia.

"He was way too aggressive and therefore made mistakes again like in his first years in Formula 1," added Villeneuve.

"Verstappen and also Charles Leclerc - the young generation - paid a heavy price for being too aggressive. It was a fantastic race from Hamilton while the young ones did too much at the wrong times."

Even Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko charged Verstappen with lacking "patience" in his spin behind Sergio Perez, but the 23-year-old driver denies he was even trying to overtake.

"It's not that I was too eager - I couldn't do anything," Verstappen told De Telegraaf. "I was just trying to hang on but suddenly I understeered off the track. Then it was finished.

"After that I drove in a train. The condition of the asphalt was ridiculous but with the front wing I really couldn't do anything," he added.

Indeed, Verstappen explained that his front wing was incorrectly set up.

"The deviation from the desired setting was seven degrees, which is a lot. Normally it's one degree," he said. "What can a driver do in a situation like that?

"Because of that, almost nothing worked for us."

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Lance Stroll pictured during qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix on November 14, 2020
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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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