Max verstappen he had dominated every session of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend. From the first session of free practice on Friday, to the second qualifying session on Saturday. However, when it came to deciding the story in Q3, the Dutchman was overtaken by the impressive lap of Lance Stroll.
The rain and the resurfacing of the circuit caused a real qualifying madness. The Mercedes they put their performance aside and could barely be in Q3. However, the disappointment of the test was taken by Max Verstappen, since he was the great candidate to stay with the first place. “I’m very upset,” said the Dutchman after Saturday’s session.
The Red Bull driver said he was surprised after failing to take first place on the grid. “I’m upset because we were in first place all weekend, and it seemed very comfortable, and then you lose Q3,” he said. In addition, he highlighted that the position of Lewis hamilton Y Valtteri Bottas (6th and 9th), he is not too interested.
I just look at our performance. And it was not good in Q3. That is why I am very upset. You cannot look at the performance of others to judge yours, you have to look at yourself. And clearly in Q3 we weren’t good. I think that says it all. Everything was fine with the rain tires, but already in Q1 when I tried to go intermediate they didn’t work at all, ”Verstappen said angrily.
In addition, Verstappen added the reason for his poor performance in the latter part of qualifying, which left him without pole. “I had no grip, I had no forward grip. Especially where there was a bit more standing water, I suffered a lot. In the fast corners I was going well, but I just felt the impact, so the front tires did not grip, “he said.