Max Verstappen: I wasn't surprised by the lack of pace
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Max Verstappen is not surprised with the pace deficit his team had in practice for the Dutch GP. Verstappen believes that his team can do better and will fix things. “We missed out on valuable time in FP1 and then the balance wasn’t great in FP2,” said Verstappen, as quote by motorsportweek.
“In an hour-long session you can’t really change much on the car, so we just had to deal with what we had. Today wasn’t great but we’ll have a look at everything overnight, for sure we can do better than this.
I wasn’t surprised when I saw the time difference, there are a lot of things that we can improve on, we’ve got FP3 tomorrow morning to try out a few things ahead of qualifying”.
Sergio Perez: Things are very marginal
Sergio Perez did not excel either and finished 12th.
Perez emphasized that Ferrari has a fast car and that it will not be easy. The lack of pace is what worries Red Bull. Neither Max nor Sergio are satisfied, but Red Bull knows how to get out of these situations. “Things are very marginal and Ferrari seem to be very strong around this circuit so, as I predicted, it is going to be an interesting weekend,” he said.
“It is a pretty challenging track and I think we are lacking speed throughout at the moment, we haven’t been quick in any of the sectors, so there is analysis to be done. We haven’t been as happy as we were in Belgium so there are things we need to look at to make sure we pick up on everything to be in the mix for quali.
I got a lot of traffic today, I got one of the Ferraris on my fast lap and I couldn’t get a proper read on my soft tyre unfortunately, without causing an incident. Degradation seems to be pretty high on the long runs so it will be interesting to see what we are able to do with the strategy.
We certainly need to improve for qualifying tomorrow”. The next race will be one of the most important and a great challenge for all drivers. Max Verstappen is the favourite, but things like this could be worrying for the team.
Ferrari will try to exploit the weaknesses that the Austrian team has. It remains to be seen whether it will be enough. Sainz must love this kind of thing