An aspiration offered by Pérez in Q3 was not enough for Verstappen: “Everything remains to be done”

Beaten by Lando Norris by 20 thousandths during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, Max Verstappen recognized the superiority of the McLaren on Saturday, but remains “very satisfied” with its performance in Q3.

Published on 23/06/2024 à 10:01

Dorian Grangier

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An aspiration offered by Pérez in Q3 was not enough for Verstappen: “Everything remains to be done”

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The Grands Prix parade and every weekend, Max Verstappen is increasingly shaken by competition. Ultra-dominant at the start of the season (seven pole positions in the first seven Grands Prix), the Dutchman has just been beaten for the third consecutive time in qualifying. Defeated by Charles Leclerc in Monaco, by George Russell in Canada (despite exactly similar weather), and therefore by Lando Norris in Spain on Saturday.

Nothing to worry about the three-time world champion, who only missed out by 20 thousandths of a second from pole position won by his British friend. At the end of Q3, Max Verstappen confided that he could not have extracted more performance from his Red Bull in his last flying lap. The Dutchman even admitted to having benefited from an aspiration from his teammate Sergio Pérez to scrape a few hundredths of a second, without success.

Placed on the front row of the grid, Max Verstappen will have a hard time facing a McLaren still performing as well in Barcelona, ​​and facing a Lando Norris hungry for a second success in Formula 1. On the land of his first victory, in 2016 for his first race with Red Bull, the reigning world champion expects a great battle on the track, delighted to see the competition getting closer for the spectacle and for the discipline.

Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 2nd in qualifying in Spain : “In qualifying, everything was a little better [than during practice]. All weekend we tried to find a balance that was a little more 'connected', because in all the practice sessions it was very difficult. So I was quite happy with the qualifications. »

“In Q3, I even had a nice little aspiration from Checo [Pérez] before the first corner to really extract everything we could, but unfortunately it wasn't enough. That's how it happens sometimes. I think overall we can be very happy with our performance in qualifying. Everything remains to be done tomorrow. »

“You know, there are never really easy pole positions because you are always fighting with yourself. Now there are more teams [playing at the front] and I think that's good for Formula 1 in general, and of course when it's still so tight for pole position, it's always good. »

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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