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Verstappen thinks pole was unreachable

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 09: Third place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on October 09, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Umit Bektas – Pool/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen qualified third for the Turkish Grand Prix behind Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

Why it matters: Despite starting in the front row due to Hamilton’s penalty, Verstappen admitted that the qualifying conditions weren’t ideal.


  • The Red Bull driver will start tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix in second place, although he qualified third.
  • Verstappen is happy with the team’s recovery from Friday, saying it was “quite a decent” one.

What he said:

  • “At the beginning, it was quite tricky with the conditions, but I think compared to yesterday we actually managed to turn it around quite well.”
  • “The laps overall were quite good, even though on the last lap, I lost a little bit down the straights, we have to look into that, but there wasn’t the lap time in it to fight for pole.”
  • “But, overall, I think quite a decent recovery compared to yesterday so third is the maximum today, tomorrow lining up in second. Let’s wait to see what the weather will do overnight, but I’m pretty happy.”
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