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Verstappen unhappy after missing out on final flying lap

  • Published on 13 Apr 2019 09:38
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen was left unhappy after qualifying as he missed out on setting a final hot lap in Q3.

The Dutchman was passed by a number of cars in the final corners of the circuit, as the drivers prepared for their last lap of the session. 

As he tried to create a gap to the cars that had passed him, the chequered flag came out, which also halted his teammate Pierre Gasly from setting a final lap.

Verstappen was forced to settle for fifth place, but is confident that he could have beaten both Ferraris to head the second row of the grid.

"I was following the Ferrari in front of me and trying to be nice. I could also have overtaken him, but it’s just not what you do in qualifying," Verstappen told Sky Sports.

"This time it caught me out. Of course I’m not happy about that, but it will swing around and it will come back onto others as well. It’s annoying, because we could have fought for third today. Now we just need to do some more overtaking."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner mirrored Verstappen's comments, as he too believes that the energy drink squad could have got onto the second row of the grid for Sunday's race.

"Max was in a good position, and then Sebastian passed him around the outside, so then he hung back to not get into Sebastian’s dirty air, and then a Renault passed him and he hung back again," Horner stated. 

"Unfortunately the clock ticking down the way it was, he didn’t make it to the line in time. It was a shame because it would have been a good opportunity to try and improve there. We could have made the second row today."


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  • RogerF1

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    The way I heard it on BBC 5 Live (I thought) Hammy was backing the whole field up? No mention in any press yet. What did it look like on screen?

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    • Apr 13 2019 - 09:51
    • They just started the out lap to late, but Leclerc was very slow at his out lap maybe because of Lewis

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      • Apr 13 2019 - 10:07
    • Manto02

      Posts: 25

      Yep, on Sky they said that Hamilton out lap was so slow that the last cars following didn't have the time to do the lap

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      • Apr 13 2019 - 10:14
    • RogerF1

      Posts: 411

      Teams don’t start out late, they just don’t expect to get backed up. My opinion of Hammy just sank to a new low, pity he can’t get penalised for impeding the rest of the field. The last run was basically stuffed for everyone bar the Merc’s. What a woeful tactic, 1st time I can ever recall that being done. Maybe they didn’t realise the probable impact on the rest field ?????

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      • Apr 13 2019 - 10:48
    • xoya

      Posts: 404

      Mercedeses drove very slowly and Bottas got an order to not let anyone pass, so yeah... They held up the heck out of everyone.

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      • Apr 13 2019 - 12:33

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