Max Verstappen topped every session of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend up until Q3 where he was just pipped to pole by the Racing Point of Lance Stroll.
Verstappen was a mere 0.290s off of Stroll when the chequered flag fell with the two of them over a second ahead of third placed Sergio Perez.
Verstappen said after the session: “To be honest it is very disappointing to finish second in qualifying today. It might seem strange to say that, as it is a good starting position, but when you are first in every session with such a big gap we expected more and it is a hard one to take.”
The Racing Points seemed to be the only car to really get the maximum out of the intermediate tyres and this really benefitted them. When other teams followed suit, switching mid way through the session, they couldn’t match the pace.
Verstappen was one of those drivers, eventually switching back to the extreme wet for his final push laps.
“We just couldn’t make the intermediate work and get it up to temperature like the others for some reason, whereas on the extreme wet we were very comfortable and we didn’t have any issues. Clearly the laps behind Kimi didn’t help but also something did not work for us on that tyre which we need to understand.”
Verstappen was understandably dejected after the session but was gracious in defeat, looking for tomorrow.
“As people know, I always want the best and always try to do better so it is not a great feeling in this moment. But we can’t change it now. This is racing and you can’t always be happy unless you get the maximum out of the conditions. There are no points for today and we have good pace, so hopefully we will have a better time tomorrow and show what we can really do around here.”