Verstappen is looking to build on a promising campaign-opening race in Australia as he competes in Sakhir this week.
And on Friday morning he was waiting to take part in the P1 practice session so he could reacquaint himself with the Bahrain circuit.
However, Red Bull engineers discovered an issue with the RB15 Max Verstappen will drive as he looks to get the better of Lewis Hamilton and co.
Sky Sports F1 pundit Karun Chandhok revealed details of the fault after spending some time down at the Red Bull garage.
“[Verstappen is] putting his helmet on at the moment. They discovered a hydraulic leak in the power-steering system so they’re having to pressurise the system again for Max’s car,” Chandhok said.
“So, not a great start for him or the team. He won’t be too concerned about missing the first few minutes of this session, obviously, but it’s less than ideal.”
Red Bull quickly dealt with the problem, which they’ll be sure to keep a close eye on over the weekend.
And Verstappen was able to join his rivals on track as they prepare for the second race of the 2019 F1 season.
Verstappen has been joined by Pierre Gasly at Red Bull this year following Daniel Ricciardo’s departure for Renault.
Chandhok spotted a difference between the cars Verstappen and Gasly will be driving in Bahrain.
“One thing I’ve notice while hanging around Red Bull is they’re running two different rear wings,” Chandhok added.
“Max’s car has got a higher downforce rear wing. You can see the angle of it. You can see the angle has got much more than the other car [for] Pierre Gasly.
“Gasly’s car is running a lower downforce configuration. They’re running a lot of strain gauges on the car, collecting [aerodynamic] date.
“Of course, at this early stage of the weekend where the track temperatures are still a little bit too high to be relevant to qualifying and the race.”
Verstappen is currently third in the World Drivers’ Championship standings following his podium finish in Melbourne two weeks ago.
He will be desperate to build on that result as he attempts to make good on the promise which has seen him earmarked as a future title winner.
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