Max Verstappen was on the verge of getting his pole position in Saturday’s qualifying, but a crash on the last turn let Mercedes win the battle.
The Red Bull ace Max Verstappen was flying on his last lap with Red Bull on Saturday’s qualifying in Saudi Arabia. However, he locked up in one of the trickiest turns and crashed into the wall.
Thus, Lewis Hamilton got the pole ahead of the main race on Sunday. However, the near to perfect lap by Verstappen showed the extreme pace Red Bull possessed in Jeddah.
And Toto Wolff is undoubtedly worried about it. He claims Verstappen was projecting an almost half a second better timing than Hamilton in his last flying lap. But he doesn’t know from where Verstappen is gaining so much pace.
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“Probably the drivers outperformed the car, and Max would have been on pole by I guess almost half a second,” Wolff said. “So this is something which we need to analyse because it’s not what we expected.
“Max crashing out obviously, the last lap, puts us in a more fortunate situation with one and two on the grid. But this is for today, and I think we can deem ourselves fortunate by that situation. The race is a totally different game again.”
Mercedes thinks Red Bull is level on the straights
Wolff claims that he can’t pinpoint any single reason for Red Bull’s pace on Saturday. However, he believes that the Milton-Keynes-based outfit has levelled them on the straights.
“I think we are pretty equal on the straights,” Wolff said. “But we’ve been losing in the high-speed [corners], but also in qualifying, in some of the low-speed, the drivers were not at all happy with the car.”
“It’s between understeering, snapping, jacking, rolling, you name it.”