It has been a difficult day for Max Verstappen, who spent most of FP3 in the garage as his mechanichs were checking his rear wing. Red Bull struggled in the lasts GPs with the rear wing, especially when opened because of the DRS: luckily the mechanics were able to fix it in time for quali, where Verstappen could only score the second fastest time.
The Dutch-man said he was shocked to hear the gap from poleman Lewis Hamilton - 0.455s faster, but says he is still happy with 2nd. Anyway, Verstappen still can't breathe a sigh of relief: Pierre Gasly stopped his AlphaTauri on the main straight at the chequered flag, potentially causing a yellow flag. Potentially, because it is still unclear if drivers had to slow down or not: Alonso and Vettel did, but others, like Max, didn't. The Dutchman didn't improve himself with that lap, but sitll he will be hearing the stewards tomorrow right before the race.
“It’s been a bit of an up and down weekend so far, I was happy in quali but just not quick enough. I thought I had quite a decent lap but then heard the gap difference and I was a bit shocked, it's been really difficult to match them" Verstappen revealed.
"In a way I’m happy to be second but the gap to Lewis is very big. Qualifying has been more of a struggle for us over the past few races so we definitely need to have a look into it. I don’t expect miracles tomorrow but we are on a new track and a lot of things can happen, we never give up.
"It’s very quick around here so it will be difficult to follow, it also depends on what tyres we will be on and those around us. I’ll try to do the best I can, as always" he finished.