Budapest, Hungary. Max Verstappen said he simply lost power during his last qualifying run for the Hungarian Grand Prix, leaving him tenth on the grid in Sunday’s race.

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Verstappen was in contention for the pole position claimed by Mercedes’ George Russell ahead of two Ferraris, but made a mistake in his first run in the third quarter and then lost power on a stretch ahead of his second attempt.

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“I just didn’t have the energy to get out of the pit lane on that last run,” Verstappen told reporters. “The engine was running, but there was no release, and it certainly hurts.”

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Asked what happened on his first try in the third quarter before losing power, Verstappen added: “I was just stuck in turn two and I had no front end traction.

“Maybe the lap was a bit slow, but then you know that usually your second run is fine because you have another chance. Unfortunately, we were unable to complete this lap.

“It’s going to be a little hard for me [in the race] but everything is possible. I think many Sundays have already shown this this year, but it’s hard to pass by here. We will be patient and see what happens.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Verstappen had the pace to fight for pole position.

“Today, Max felt much more comfortable with the balance of the car and I think we were a step away from pole position, but the blockage on the first run in T2 immediately put us at a disadvantage,” he said. “We still felt like we could hack it, but unfortunately we had a powertrain related problem at its driveway and tried resetting the sensors and one to try and cure it and clean it up.

“But, unfortunately, this was not destined to happen. Max doesn’t have a representative time in the third quarter so 10th and 11th places on the grid means it’s going to be a tight race tomorrow.”