Max Verstappen says he was unaware of the malfunction on the DRS in the last fast lap and believes the problem along with the ‘double gear change’ cost him around 2 and a half tenths. The Red Bull driver won his 7th pole position at Zandvoort this season by beating the Mercedes duo in a battle for the best starting position.
Verstappen did 3 fast laps in the last qualifying segment and was the fastest after each attempt. In the last exit on the track, he set a time of 1: 08.885, which was 0.038 seconds faster than Hamilton's. Verstappen crossed the finish line with the DRS closed.
The Dutchman activated the DRS earlier during the lap between corners 10 and 11, but his DRS remained closed in the DRS zone located between the last and first corner. Verstappen was initially unaware that his rear wing had not opened and that the DRS was down.
"Really? I do not know. There have been a lot of bumps since the third corner, I had a double gear change. I was two-tenths faster than in the last lap, but I lost a tenth and a half to turn 7." "I also consumed more (electricity) because I was in a higher gear, so I ran out of energy.
I don't know, I have to see, "said Verstappen.
Verstappen is pleased
Red Bull estimates that Verstappen lost about two to two and a half tenths in the last lap due to problems he had. He was 13.1 km / h slower on the start-finish route because the DRS did not open.
But despite everything, Verstappen is pleased to have won the pole position. "The track is very fun. But in the qualifiers it was amazing. It was a special pleasure to drive another sector. I am very pleased to have won the pole position here.
The fans were crazy every time I went through the finish line, "added Max. The problem with the DRS was also confirmed by team boss Christian Horner. Horner was aware that Verstappen did not have the necessary speed, but he was impressed with the way Max coped and in the end, achieved a good result and showed how mentally strong a person he is.
"We saw a lack of speed on the route and it seems that the DRS did not open properly." "So he probably lost a tenth, a tenth and a half." “But the incredible performance on his part under tremendous pressure. I'm really happy about that. " Verstappen was initially unaware that his rear wing had not opened and that the DRS was down.