Not had such a bad round for a long time

Max Verstappen brought a 1.14.498 at the very end of qualifying in Imola. With that, he was not only short for pole position. It also turned out not to be enough Sergio Perez stay ahead of the grid. The Mexican recorded a 1.14.446 when flying the flag, climbing to second place in the times list and referring his Dutch teammate to P3. “A shit lap”, that’s how Verstappen described his last lap while he was Red Bull back to the pits.

The run-up to qualifying did not go smoothly for the Limburger. During the second training session on Friday a lot of time was lost due to a problem with the driveshaft. With that, an important part of the preparation went up in smoke. But Verstappen refuses to point to his shortened Friday program as the culprit for his disappointing qualification. After all, the third training had gone smoothly. Verstappen had set the fastest time with a margin of no less than four tenths. “I’m not going to throw it on a lack of track time,” said Verstappen in front of the camera Ziggo Sport. “Of course it was not ideal, but this morning it went well in the third free practice. I think I also have enough experience to be able to solve that. ”

The first flying lap of Verstappen in Q3 was also not optimal. The ten-time Grand Prix winner had Lance Stroll in front of him at the start of the lap, who had just finished a run. “If you are from another car within 1.5 seconds or 2 seconds, you just lose downforce. That was not ideal, so I knew there was quite a bit of time to be gained ”, said Verstappen about his first run. “Only that last lap in Q3 was really bad. I went off in the third corner with two wheels. There I already lost a tenth compared to my bad first round. I just didn’t come out well, so I got off the track. Then you try to make up for it afterwards, but then I didn’t really have a nice chicane. There I lost another tenth. And in the last corner I had too much understeer. So all in all it was just a bad lap and I haven’t had one in a long time. But unfortunately that still happens sometimes. It is just like that. Nobody is perfect.”

During the press conference after qualifying, Verstappen jokingly remarked about his mistake at the third corner: “I know Honda makes good lawn mowers, but I don’t think this was exactly what it meant!” When asked why the last lap had not gone smoothly, he repeated that it can sometimes happen that a driver makes a mistake. “It had gone pretty well for a very long time. Unfortunately, we are not robots. I can’t program myself not to make mistakes. ”

According to Verstappen, it shows once again that as a driver you never stop learning. “I think today was another good day for that. It is important to learn from what went wrong and to see what can be done better. By trying to understand what’s going wrong, you keep improving yourself. That’s how it has been since 2015. ”
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