World champion Max Verstappen complained that his weekend had been “horrible” regardless of qualifying second for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, saying he didn’t really feel snug in his Pink Bull. The Dutchman appeared like taking pole for the race at Albert Park earlier than Ferrari title rival Charles Leclerc struck on the loss of life to edge him by 0.286 secs in an action-packed session.
Verstappen, who received in Saudi Arabia two weeks in the past, stated he had struggled with automobile issues since arriving in Melbourne for the third race of the marketing campaign.
“It’s been horrible for me the entire weekend to this point. Simply not a superb stability on a regular basis, chasing one thing and I by no means felt snug for one lap besides the lengthy runs,” he stated.
“It’s been a giant battle. Clearly we didn’t appear to repair it even in qualifying. It simply doesn’t provide you with confidence to push. It’s not nice to be sincere.”
The 24-year-old was additionally sad that organisers reduce the variety of Drag Discount System (DRS) zones to a few from 4 as a consequence of security issues.
DRS areas permit drivers inside one second of the automobile in entrance to open a flap mounted on the rear wing to extend high velocity and support overtaking.
The Pink Bulls are thought-about faster on the straight than the Ferraris and the extra DRS zones the higher for them.
“I don’t actually perceive why they took it away as a result of it was a lot safer than what we do usually, for instance. It’s a little bit of a thriller why that occurred,” he stated.
“One workforce complained about it (within the pre-race drivers assembly). For me it was method simpler than doing it in Jeddah, the place there was extra corners.
“A disgrace as a result of it could have made for good racing.”