Verstappen sees first tire choice go up in smoke: “That has never happened to me”

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Max Verstappen is very satisfied with the slipstream he received from Sergio Perez during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. That ensured that the Dutchman took off with pole position. Lewis Hamilton managed to improve his earlier time in Q3, but that was not enough to destroy Verstappen’s brilliant lap. Hamilton will therefore have to start next to Verstappen in second place.

First of all, Verstappen says that he is very happy with the slipstream he received from Perez. “It was very good, so very happy with it,” the Red Bull driver starts at Ziggo Sport. ‘It turned out very well luckily. We had already spoken before qualifying, and the team was a little bit nervous if we didn’t want to practice first. Then we agreed that we wouldn’t do that, so just in one go. That worked out well.’

‘That’s a bit of a shame’

During the race, Verstappen will start on the softs, but the mediums initially had his preference. “That was actually the plan, but in a very weird way I had a flat spot in that first corner, that has never happened to me before. That’s a bit of a shame, but on the other hand, my long runs were pretty good on those softs, so I hope it will be like that during the race.”

The fact that Verstappen starts on pole position does not mean that Hamilton no longer has a chance. For this, the Red Bull driver will first have to try to drive out of the DRS of his competitor “You always try to drive away, but that is not always easy,” says Verstappen, who says he is looking forward to the race, just like millions Dutch people who sit in front of the tube.

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