Verstappen blunt after disappointing qualifying: "We are too slow"

21-09-2019 15:48
by Nicolás Quarles van Ufford
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Verstappen blunt after disappointing qualifying: We are too slow

After a qualifying session in which he put in the fourth quickest lap, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen admitted his car simply wasn't quick enough on the day, with the Dutchman having been tipped to get pole position before the weekend started.

With its very bendy nature, the Marina Bay Street Circuit tends to favour the car with most downforce rather than power, something which typically is right up Red Bull's street.

However, the Bulls just weren't at the races on Saturday, with Verstappen finishing over half a second off the pace and teammate Alexander Albon being over a full second behind pole-sitter Charles Leclerc.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after qualifying, the seven-time Grand Prix winner expressed his frustration with it all.

"The car felt alright but just not enough grip and I wanted to go faster but the four wheels were sliding," he said on the broadcast.

"A little bit surprised after a positive Monza we would expect to be really strong here and we weren't. We are too slow."

The 21-year-old will share the second starting row with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

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