SPORT NEWS – Verstappen shocked by hole to Hamilton

Verstappen shocked by hole to Hamilton

Max Verstappen says he was shocked when he heard the ultimate hole to Lewis Hamilton, which he felt meant that he had been taking pointless dangers in qualifying on the Qatar Grand Prix.

Hamilton was on pole place by greater than 0.4s after an enormous enchancment on his closing lap, with Verstappen solely discovering a small little bit of time as he certified second. Earlier than being summoned to the stewards for allegedly failing to respect double-waved yellow flags exiting the ultimate nook, Verstappen admitted he was taking dangers looking for small beneficial properties and didn’t count on such an enormous deficit to his title rival.

“It’s been a bit up and down,” Verstappen mentioned. “I used to be completely satisfied in FP1, then not so completely satisfied in FP2 and FP3, then I used to be truly completely satisfied in quali once more however simply not fast sufficient. That generally occurs. There’s a couple of corners the place I wish to go sooner — tried all the pieces, simply not a number of additional tempo coming.

“You suppose you do a greater job however (it gives) not way more lap time, truly. The previous few races, qualifying has been a bit extra of a wrestle for us so we (will) undoubtedly attempt to perceive and attempt to be higher.

“I believed I had a very good lap after which I heard the distinction in lap time and I used to be a bit, ‘Wow didn’t even must threat it then if it was such an enormous hole.’ Nonetheless I had enjoyable on the market — qualifying has been cool. It’s a very stunning observe and a number of enjoyable to drive. It could have been extra enjoyable if we have been sooner however generally that occurs. Nonetheless, being second is OK, however it’s a large hole and in addition tomorrow when it’s a hole it’s going to be tough however we by no means quit.”

Except for qualifying, Verstappen spoke in regards to the guidelines of engagement between drivers after there have been prolonged discussions within the driver briefing on Friday, as he feels it would all the time be a subject that’s open for debate.

“Effectively, I feel it’s all the time to attempt to align everybody in having the identical course of in a method you suppose. Everyone seems to be totally different and everybody has their very own method of racing, defending, overtaking, and it is extremely arduous for the FIA to get everybody on the identical line.

“In fact they resolve however each driver has a distinct opinion. Yesterday it was all about sharing opinions and the FIA explaining their technique of thought behind it. I feel we got here a great distance, and it was a really lengthy briefing. I feel it was on the finish fairly clear.”


SPORT NEWS – Verstappen shocked by hole to Hamilton


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