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Pérez Decries Q1 Exit as 'Total Disaster'

Verstappen’s Narrow Miss at Pole Sparks Hope

08/06/2024

Max Verstappen narrowly misses pole, facing stiff competition but remains hopeful, while Sergio Pérez laments a disastrous qualifying.

Max Verstappen might well feel aggrieved, having narrowly missed pole position by a mere thousandth of a second. Indeed, the Red Bull driver clocked the same time as George Russell but chooses to focus on exceeding his own pre-race expectations.

“That’s how it is! We had a solid qualifying; it’s been a challenging weekend for us, and I’m quite pleased with second place. Going into the qualifying session, I would have been content with this result, and the fact that it was so close at the end makes for an exciting race ahead,” Verstappen commented.

The Dutchman reassures that there are no significant issues within Red Bull, and he doesn’t feel compromised in the car. He is hopeful for a victory and anticipates an intense race from the front row.

“I felt good in Monaco, but it just didn’t work out for us. This weekend, we didn’t have great preparation, but it should be an interesting race with tyre management, and with rain possibly on the way, it should indeed be thrilling. But I’m not stressed.”

When asked about his performance, having been eliminated in Q1 with a 16th place finish nearly a second slower than Verstappen, Sergio Pérez did not mince his words and conceded that his performance was disastrous.

“It was a total disaster. I couldn’t get any grip. It was a strange session for several cars, and we couldn’t get the tyres working. It was a total disaster; I couldn’t put in a good lap,” lamented the Mexican.

“Max had the same issue as me, but I can’t understand how he managed to handle it. It’s really the rear end we can’t get up to temperature.”

Pérez Decries Q1 Exit as 'Total Disaster'

Pérez Decries Q1 Exit as ‘Total Disaster’. Pérez Decries Q1 Exit as ‘Total Disaster’

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