It´s been a difficult day for Max Verstappen after he couldn´t defeat Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Miami. The Dutchman tried his best to beat the Italian cars but couldn´t do anything to break their frontrow lockout and will start tomorrow´s first Miami Grand Prix from the third place followed by his teammate Sergio “Checo” Perez who was fourth. An error on his final lap cost him a shot at pole.
Considering all the issues that haunted his car over the weekend so far, a third place doesn´t look so bad for the 2021 World Champion.
After the Qualy the champion said to Danica Patrick who conducted the interviews: “Overall, I´m of course pretty pleased with Qualifying. I mean, I literally did four or five laps yesterday so the whole day today was still trying to learn the track trying to find a decent balance in the car and actually to be that competitive in qualifying I was a bit surprised because this is not an easy track to learn.
"I think overall of course you want to be in pole but where we come from I think we did a really good job but we have to start making the weekends a little bit less difficult because like this it´s always going to be tricky. “
However, the campion doesn´t lose hope, saying: “We have a good chance for tomorrow, we have good top speed. I think the car is handling quite well. So, I´m looking forward to that.”
Patrick asked about the complaints from drivers about the dirt off line and that overtaking could be difficult and where he thinks he could be able to pass, he explained: “It´s quite slippery outside the normal racing line but we´ll see. A lot of things can happen tomorrow. I think it´s going to be even warmer than today. So it also depends a bit on how the tires are going to behave."