Verstappen pleased to make the most of ‘hectic’ qualy

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Verstappen pleased to make the most of ‘hectic’ qualy

Max Verstappen was completely satisfied to get by way of a “hectic” qualifying session at Imola – much more so for taking pole place on the finish of it.

The Crimson Bull driver ended up virtually eight tenths quicker than Charles Leclerc behind him in Q3, regardless of having to decelerate for yellow flags on his quickest lap, in ever-changing circumstances at Imola that noticed him on monitor on the proper second.

5 purple flags interrupted the qualifying session as a number of drivers bumped into points, with three purple flags coming in Q3 alone and in the end scuppering the ultimate makes an attempt at flying laps by way of Lando Norris sliding into the obstacles with lower than a minute remaining.

The continuous adjustments of climate led to robust occasions for the drivers on monitor as they looked for one of the best lap occasions potential, however Verstappen finally got here out on high – and he added that he’s happy to be driving at a circuit that “punishes” errors – with Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen and Norris all having ended up within the gravel at Imola in a single kind or one other.

However that sort of problem is what the World Champion enjoys.

“It was difficult on the market – dry then the rain,” he stated in parc fermé straight after qualifying. “It was very slippery to additionally get the tyre temps to work. It was hectic, a protracted qualifying.

“In the long run, completely satisfied to be right here. It’s a tremendous monitor and it additionally actually punishes you in the event you make a mistake, you may go within the wall. That’s what we wish to make it actually exhausting and troublesome, however [I’m] actually happy with pole place.”

Dash qualifying follows on Saturday, with World Championship factors accessible to the highest eight finishers over a one-third race distance, in a frantic sprint which is able to set the grid for Sunday’s grand prix.


Ferrari appeared to have the sting over Crimson Bull within the moist apply session earlier within the day, however Verstappen goes to take issues as they arrive at Imola.

“We all know tomorrow and Sunday shall be a bit totally different when it comes to climate circumstances however a minimum of it’s a good begin to the weekend,” he concluded.




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