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Verstappen frustrated by car problems during 'crap qualifying'

  • Published on 27 Oct 2018 21:53
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen says that car issues halted his path to become the youngest pole sitter in Formula 1 history. The Dutchman was beaten by teammate Daniel Ricciardo to the top spot on Saturday in Mexico, with just 0.026s separating the Red Bull duo.

Verstappen had dominated the weekend, topping every practice session on the build-up to the Saturday shootout. However, he says that car problems that he had during the weekend crept up once again in qualifying which prevented him from delivering an optimum time.

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“The whole qualifying was crap.” said Verstappen after the session. "Again the same problem as in FP2. Engine braking not like I wanted, just rear locking the car We tried to make the best of it. I thought it was going to be enough with the problems we had. But it’s still good to be second, we’ll see tomorrow.”

Red Bull secured its first front-row lockout since USA, 2013. However, it was Ricciardo who stormed to pole, with the Australian saying that he knew he had the pace stored somewhere after being in the shadow of Verstappen all weekend.

“I knew it was there somewhere,” he said. “We hadn’t had the cleanest run through practice and I just knew getting clean laps together would be crucial as always. I knew the pace was in the car. Obviously Max showed that all weekend from start to finish. I knew we could put a clean lap together at the end. I still wasn’t convinced it was the cleanest.

“Obviously Monaco is the only place I’ve ever done this [taken pole],” Ricciardo added. “I believe it was super-close with Max, a few hundredths or thousandths. So a shout-out to the team. I don’t know the last time Red Bull got a one-two in qualifying so that’s pretty cool.”

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  • sadosalo

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    Max not amused, good sign for the race tomorrow. Hopeful they get clean through the first corner. Go Max, go!

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    • Oct 27 2018 - 22:11
  • xoya

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    Ricciardo and Verstappen crash on first lap. Vettel wins. Hamilton wins wdc with 2nd place. Mercedes wins constructor's championship.

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    • Oct 28 2018 - 02:22
    • boudy

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      We will see. More likely for me that Vettel and Hamilton come together. Not sure if pool is the best place also Ricciardo must be desperate for a good finish so an podium would be good for him. Verstappen has more speed than him over the whole race he will finish 20 odd seconds in front of anyone.

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      • Oct 28 2018 - 06:55
    • Crash predictions - nice!
      Vettel will lock up going into 1 - takes out the top 3 - The Fins will batlle for the win and the Hulk will finally get a podium.

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      • Oct 28 2018 - 13:29

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