Max Verstappen: US GP qualifying one of my worst in Formula 1 2017

Max Verstappen believes his qualifying performance at the United States Grand Prix was one of his worst of the 2017 Formula 1 season

Max Verstappen: US GP qualifying one of my worst in Formula 1 2017

The Red Bull driver went into qualifying at Austin facing a 15-place grid penalty due to engine component changes, and he managed to progress from Q2 with the super-soft tyre.

The choice of super-softs means he will be able to start the race on the more durable compound to help his chances of progressing from the back of the field.

However, Verstappen was frustrated to only be sixth-fastest in Q3, even though that was less than a tenth down on team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

"I made some mistakes in Q3, it's as simple as that," Verstappen told TV crews after the session, saying he felt he had the pace to match front-row starter Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.

"It's easy to say now that I should have been up there, but if you make two reasonably big mistakes, it's not what you want.

"I'm not happy with myself, and it's one of the worst qualifyings of the year for me."

Verstappen said the errors he made were a result of trying to claw back time he lost earlier in his final lap.

"It was tricky out there," he said. "You try a little bit more on the last run, you have a little moment, then the next corner is also not great.

"[The lap is] basically ruined, then in the last sector you try to recover a little bit of the lost laptme and you lock up again. Not ideal."

The 20-year-old also played down his chances of charging through the field and rejoining the battle with the leading cars on Sunday, saying that any advantage from the harder tyre for the first stint will likely be negated by having to run in traffic.

"The first few laps you normally lose quite a few seconds on them [the leaders]," he said.

"I'll try to at least come back to sixth."

shares
comments
Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to United States GP F1 pole

Previous article

Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to United States GP F1 pole

Next article

Kevin Magnussen punished for blocking Sergio Perez in F1 qualifying

Kevin Magnussen punished for blocking Sergio Perez in F1 qualifying
Load comments
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Plus

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021
The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower Plus

The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower

On 8 October 1961, Innes Ireland claimed victory at the United States Grand Prix to herald the true arrival of a new Formula 1 giant. While Team Lotus endured plenty of highs and lows until the team folded over three decades later, Colin Chapman's squad made F1 history and helped shape the championship

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021