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Verstappen: Friday in Baku “not a bad day”

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 10: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 10, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen is delighted with his performance on Friday despite challenges he has encountered.

Verstappen faced DRS issue again on the opening day of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. He had a late start to FP2 as the mechanics were trying to fix the problem.

Nevertheless, the Dutchman finished 3rd in both practice sessions.

“[I was] just a bit unlucky with my soft tire runs in FP1 and FP2,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1 about his performance.

“[I] caught a yellow flag so I had to back out but, overall, I think we look quite decent.”

Verstappen also shared his thoughts on the competition with Ferrari: “[It] looks like Ferrari’s quite quick over one lap again.

“Long run [pace] looks a little bit more even, so that’s positive.

“For once, it seems like on a street circuit we can get the tires to work over one lap, [for] everyone, it seems. Because all the time you try in the second lap, you already lose performance.

“But yeah, overall I think not a bad day, [we] just need to fine tune a few things.”

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