Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the Formula One World Cup, who will start second this Sunday -behind the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) -who second him in the championship, 14 points- in the debutant Grand Prix of Qatar, the third to last of the contest, he declared at the Losail circuit that he “does not” expect “miracles”, but that they are “on a new track and a lot can happen”.
“So far we have had a weekend with ups and downs, because I finished qualifying very happy, but I was not fast enough,” commented ‘Mad Max’, 24, 19 times victorious in F1, nine of them this season.
“I thought I had completed a pretty decent lap, but then I found out the difference and was a bit surprised (Hamilton surpassed him by more than four tenths). The truth is that it was really difficult to match them,” said the young Dutch star in reference to the Mercedes of the seven-time English world champion.
“In a way, I am happy to be second, but the disadvantage compared to Lewis (Hamilton) is very big,” he said.
“Qualifying has been more difficult for us in the last few races so we definitely need to take a look at this,” said Verstappen this Saturday at Losail.
“I do not expect miracles tomorrow, but we are on a new track and a lot can happen. And we never give up,” warned ‘Mad Max’.
“It is a very fast circuit, so it will be difficult. To continue. It will also depend on the tires we are on and the ones our rivals have. I will focus on trying to do my best, as I always do,” Verstappen said after finish second in qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix.