Verstappen happy with qualifying after “really tricky” session

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 28: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 28, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by John Thys – Pool/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen expressed being “super happy” with his qualifying result as he qualified on the pole position. However, the Dutchman qualified the session as “really tricky,” with weather conditions worsening the on-track performance.

Qualifying saw bad weather conditions which caused a huge crash for Lando Norris, red-flagging the session for some time. However, the show continued and it was Max Verstappen who took pole position, with George Russell behind him.

“It’s been a really tricky qualifying,” he said, “hard to keep the car on track. Switching the tires on as well at the right time so, and also you know, the long break between Q2 and W3.

“It’s not easy then to settle in and learn the track conditions again but, at the end, we were first and that’s of course the most important but, yeah, it’s an amazing track to drive but very challenging in the wet.

“Yeah, it was just, as you can see in Q1 a lot of people including myself, who went out on the extreme [full wet] that it was just very slow, was really a lot of seconds off the pace. So then, naturally, you switch to the intermediate but, of course, that tire cannot handle a lot of standing water so, there also it becomes quite tricky.

“Of course, super happy to have a qualifying like this after the break. You know, to have a pole position again, so a good day.”

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