Max Verstappen was on top form in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, but was narrowly beaten to pole by Carlos Sainz and Ferrari. The Dutchman discussed the tricky conditions on track during the session.
“Yeah it was quite a tricky qualifying you know with the rain.” He said, immediately following the session. “And then also it was raining, drying, so you had to be at the track at the right time.”
Despite the difficult conditions, Verstappen was happy with his and the cars performance and indicated the conditions were a deciding factor especially in Q3 which he compared to a “lottery” as the drivers battled to make the most of the ever changing track conditions.
“Overall, the car was working really well. In Q3 it’s always a bit of a lottery, sometimes when you have to put the fastest lap in.”
Verstappen also called attention to a yellow flag which he claims hindered his final lap, hinting that he had more pace to give during the final qualifying session. Despite this though, he is happy to be starting from the front row, indicating he has confidence in the team and their race strategy for tomorrow.
“I got a bit hindered on my final lap with the yellow flag unfortunately. I think still, to be on the front row is very good for us. We have a good race car I think. In the dry and in the wet.” He said.
“I had to back out of the lap a bit, and in the high speed corners, which in the end cost me pole. But these things can happen, in the wet especially. You know everything needs to work well for you, and it didn’t for me in the final lap.
When asked on his strategy for the race start tomorrow, a calm level headed Verstappen was looking at the wider image of the full Grand Prix rather than the opening few corners of the first lap.
“Well I mean it’s not only about the first lap. It’s all about the race. I think we have a good race car and it’s all about the tyre management as well. So yeah, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Verstappen was also complimentary of Sainz, his former Toro Rosso teammate, who pipped him to score his pole position.
“It was good from Carlos [Sainz]. I think he also had a very solid qualifying. As you can see it’s all the time very close between all of us up front. So yeah, we’re gonna give it a good go [tomorrow] and hopefully we can finish ahead”