Miami GP: Verstappen’s Oversteer Misstep Opens Door for Perez
In a dramatic twist during the Miami Grand Prix qualifiers, Max Verstappen conceded to making a crucial mistake on his initial Q3 run. The oversteer issue he faced forced him to abandon his lap, while teammate Sergio Perez seized the provisional pole.
Max Verstappen has admitted to the error he made during his initial Q3 run while qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix.
Verstappen experienced an oversteer issue in the high-speed portion of the lap’s opening segment.
As a consequence, the Dutch driver had to abandon his lap, while Sergio Perez secured the temporary pole position, followed by Fernando Alonso.
Verstappen, along with the rest of the competitors, delayed their return to the track for their final attempts.
However, due to Charles Leclerc’s accident that led to a red flag, the session was cut short, preventing any improvements in lap times.
This means Verstappen will begin Sunday’s race in ninth place, with his teammate and championship contender Perez starting in pole position.
In a post-session interview with Sky, Verstappen stated: “I certainly made a mistake, pushing it to the limit and making an error, causing me to abandon the lap. Then, you have to hope for some luck that there won’t be a red flag.
“It’s possible on a street circuit, so I’m just a bit disappointed with myself.”
Perez has the opportunity to lead the F1 drivers’ championship for the first time in his career if he can convert his pole position into a victory.
As for the upcoming race, Verstappen acknowledged that “it’s going to be tough” to make a comeback, with his sights set on finishing second.
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