Until now, Verstappen has not been having a great time in Portugal. He is, to say the least, dissatisfied with the conditions at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve where they changed the tarmac last year. “We have very little grip. I know it’s the same for everyone, but I just don’t like this. I think it’s unworthy of Formula 1. I just can’t do anything about it ”, said the Dutchman on Saturday after qualifying.
After a number of changeable training sessions, the Dutchman seized third on the grid on Saturday afternoon in Q3. Both Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were faster and therefore start for him. Still, there was indeed a pole position for Verstappen. A moment of upset, however, killed him. “That car escaped me out of nowhere. It has been struggling with the balance all weekend. ”
Providing hope for Verstappen: the number two in the World Cup position also started from third place two weeks ago in Imola and then drove his car to victory. “That’s right, but I prefer to start first,” said the Red Bull driver.