Verstappen was not happy with the third starting place to say the least. For the second time in a row, a red flag in Q3 thwarted his qualifying. “What is happening here is absolutely horrific. This is typical Baku. There is very little grip and there are few run-off lanes. If someone shoots straight ahead, you immediately get a yellow flag. Or you hit the wall, and then it is immediately code red,” said the Dutchman.
“Our car is strong, so hopefully we can score a lot of points on Sunday. Although I would of course have wanted to start a little more up front. There’s a lot going on in qualifying, maybe in the race too. We’ll see, we’re confident,” Verstappen looked ahead.
Charles Leclerc surprisingly starts from pole position on Sunday afternoon. The Ferrari driver took advantage of Lewis Hamilton’s slipstream and gained some extra speed. Hamilton, still struggling with his Merecedes in all three practices, regained his speed in qualifying and starts from second place on the grid. So he sees Verstappen in his mirrors.