After topping apply by seven tenths of a second on Friday afternoon at Silverstone, the Purple Bull driver topped Q1 by simply 0.035s from Lewis Hamilton earlier than being reeled in by his F1 world title rival over the ultimate two segments of qualifying.
Hamilton went on to say high spot for F1’s first dash qualifying race forward of Verstappen by 0.075s.
Having come into the British GP off the again of three consecutive wins and pole positions, the Dutch driver conceded he was unable to “actually assault any corners” throughout qualifying however wasn’t what was the trigger as he needed to accept second place.
“We simply want to have a look at ourselves as a result of I believe the automobile itself is definitely dealing with fairly properly. However I had numerous understeer so I could not actually assault any corners,” Verstappen stated.
“I used to be simply ready for the entrance to grip up and a little bit of a bizarre feeling to be sincere, to drive, as a result of I do not suppose it was arrange or entrance wing associated. It’s what it’s. We have been nonetheless fairly shut so it is alright.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16B
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Pictures
Verstappen has stayed optimistic over his race tempo regardless of dropping out to Hamilton within the conventional qualifying format and feels if Purple Bull can resolve the issue he’ll be capable to combat again on within the inaugural dash qualifying race – a dash occasion that may cowl 17 laps of Silverstone to resolve the ultimate grid for this yr’s British GP.
“It’s kind of of a bizarre feeling to be sincere,” he stated.
“You do qualifying, you go flat out and really it does not actually imply something when it comes to pole place feeling, so we’ll see tomorrow.
“I believe we have now a powerful race automobile. We simply want to repair a bit the problems we had in qualifying, however I am fairly assured that that we will have a powerful race.”
Verstappen will be capable to trial tweaks to his Purple Bull automobile within the 60-minute ultimate apply on Saturday, which takes place earlier than the dash qualifying race later within the afternoon.