Max Verstappen is one of the drivers that we need to keep an eye during the United States Grand Prix. He finished on P1 in the morning session, he achieved a lap time of 1:34.057 and he did 26 laps under his belt. However, in the evening session, he finished on P3 with a best lap time of 1:33.547 and 0.315 seconds slower than Hamilton (he was the leader). As all the teams did, Red Bull tried the 2020 tyres so they can get more data about them ahead of that season.
“Overall it’s been a positive day and the pace of the car on the short runs seems pretty good. Lewis had a tow down the back straight on his fastest lap, so I think the time isn’t really representative and the gap is probably a bit smaller than it looks.” Commented the Dutch driver.
“We were a little bit off on the long runs and I’m not entirely happy yet but that’s something we can look at tonight. The track seems to be getting bumpier every year but luckily the bumps aren’t really in braking areas but it’s something that probably needs looking at before next year. I don’t mind bumps on a street circuit but some of these are quite severe and more like a jump, so the wheels actually come off the ground. This track is also very aggressive on tyres so if we can keep them under control then it could be pretty good.”
The RB15 of the Dutchman seems very competitive in short runs so it may be a good result in qualifying, but the race pace is very close and not as good as the qualifying. Will he be on pole this time? We will se what’s going on tomorrow on qualifying session but, the points are scored on Sunday.