Verstappen happy after Qualifying

Jos Verstappen returned to F1 with Arrows this year after being absent since the end of the 1998 season. So far, good qualifying positions have not been turned into results, but he remains optimistic. In Spain he qualified in 12th spot - along with team mate Pedro de la Rosa, he was the only driver to join pole man Michael Schumacher in choosing the medium rather than soft Bridgestone tyres. Adam Cooper spoke to the Dutchman

Verstappen happy after Qualifying

"I would be happier if I was quicker than my team mate of course! I need a car that turns in very quickly, and at the moment we're struggling with it. That's why at some races I had to choose the harder tyres over the softer ones, because of that problem. I think that's one of the problems here, and it kills the speed a bit. We've got to really concentrate on improving the turn-in of the car. The harder tyre was definitely the better choice."

"The thing is we had high expectations for this year. We knew we had a much better car, because of the figures they had from the wind tunnel, the engine, and whatever. We're roughly in this position all the time, and that's where we belong. It's up to the team to improve."

"There are some things coming, and we have to wait and see how much that gives us. The car definitely has a lot of potential. If we can get rid of the problem I've just explained I think I'll be able to go quicker. Hopefully in next week's testing we can sort out some problems."

"I think qualifying at Silverstone was good. Of course it was a different situation for everybody, but I think in the end everyone got a dry lap. And of course Brazil in the race was good."

"They blamed me for it, but it was my first race distance, and probably I wasn't ready for it. My last race distance was two years ago, and everything since then was short runs. I think that would have been a very good race."

"Yes we have a physio now, which we didn't have before. I think that's better. We're training a lot more now, and as well we get more mileage in, and we're doing more race distances, so you get stronger and stronger."

"Last week in testing we had nothing at all, and so far this weekend it's going fine. So it does look really good. When we've had a problem, they've fixed it, and it's fixed. It's stupid little things coming up that we can't find in a test, but they appear in a race. But it's very strange. The things we had at Silverstone never happened before. It's difficult to do something about it if you've never had it. Last week we did about 300 laps in three days, and we didn't have any problems."

"It's definitely one-stop for everybody - one-stop is no way. It's slippery after a couple of laps, but overtaking is obviously so difficult here, and that's a shame. The pit stops are very important."

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