In a chaotic Qualifying session of the returning Turkish GP, which was already tricky in dry due to the new surfacing become a new challenge for the driver and teams in wet conditions during qualifying sessions.
Max Verstappen who looked favorite for the pole throughout the weekend amid Mercedes’ struggles and difficulties to find the right setup to suit the surface and track, lost out the pole to so called ‘Pink Mercedes’ of Lance Stroll and was seen disappointed at end of the Quali session.
Struggled a lot to find grip on the intermediates 🌧 I’m disappointed that pole slipped through my fingers, but in the end I can’t complain with first row #KeepPushing #TurkishGP 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/eTFqPVkvEI— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) November 14, 2020
In post qualifying debrief Max expressed his grief and its very disappointing finish second in qualifying today.
“To be honest it is very disappointing to finish second in qualifying today. It might seem strange to say that, as it is a good starting position, but when you are first in every session with such a big gap we expected more and it is a hard one to take,” said the dutchman
In earlier part of the Q3 all drivers went out on full wet weather tyres but Perez set the fastest lap on inters forced everyone to switch to inter and at the end it wasn’t the tyre compound which mattered, rather it was the temperature and warming up the tyres in cold wet condition.
“We just couldn’t make the intermediate work and get it up to temperature like the others for some reason, whereas on the extreme wet we were very comfortable and we didn’t have any issues.”
The big dent to Max Q3 run was put by laps he had to do behind Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo, after switching to Inters Max came out behind Kimi and spent rest of the Q3 doing laps behind him.
‘’Clearly the laps behind Kimi didn’t help but also something did not work for us on that tyre which we need to understand. As people know, I always want the best and always try to do better so it is not a great feeling in this moment. But we can’t change it now.”
But what’s done is done and now Red Bull Garage and Max are focusing on the race tomorrow, they have a good car underneath them and just have to make most out of it.
“This is racing and you can’t always be happy unless you get the maximum out of the conditions. There are no points for today and we have good pace, so hopefully we will have a better time tomorrow and show what we can really do around here.”