Max Verstappen has been able to draw motivation from the – in his eyes – ‘crooked’ decision by the stewards to give him a grid penalty. The Dutchman sounds combative for the remainder of the season and refuses to give up.
Verstappen had to start the Qatar Grand Prix from seventh place as he qualified in P2, following a double yellow flag failure. “I was not disappointed, I knew what was coming. I already knew last night. I never get presents, so I saw it coming”, Verstappen told Jack Plooij in front of the Ziggo Sport camera.
The leader in the world championship points mainly to the strange situation of Saturday and thinks of a miscommunication between race management and marshalls. “It’s difficult, the race management decides not to give a yellow flag. A local marshall will eventually do that, because a car is stationary. You will be penalized because of that, I think that’s very crooked. It is what it is,” sighs the Dutchman.
Do not give up
In the end, he managed to get the necessary extra motivation from the situation instead of sitting down in frustration. “Of course I was very motivated, they will never get me down anyway. That’s why the first lap was very important and I was second very quickly. In the end, I’m also happy with the fastest race lap,” he looks back. “Of course we were still too slow. But I never give up and we won’t do that until the end of the season. We’ll see where we end up. We are still in the lead and we are going to give everything.”