Max Verstappen rose from the ashes and managed to qualify in P3 for race day at the Canadian GP.
Max was putting in good laps all through the qualifying session and was able to push through that little bit more during Q3 to edge out Hamilton, who has been the master of Montreal.
To put it mildly, Max has been subject to a lot of criticism this season for his recurring crashes and driving style. The constant criticism got to him at the driver’s press conference on Thursday when he almost threatened to head butt a journalist.
He looked like a man on a mission today and he delivered big time.
As soon as qualifying ended, Max came up with a “I guess I still know how to drive” comment on the radio to acknowledge the critics and send out a message to all the onlookers.
“Not bad, we can race from here,” he added on the radio.
Verstappen will start tomorrow’s grand prix on the hypersofts whereas the front row comprising of Vettel and Bottas will start on the ultrasofts.
Verstappen was pretty happy with what transpired on the track today and is hopeful of a good race tomorrow.
“I’m very happy with this weekend so far,” Verstappen said later
“The car has been working really well.
“We know that in qualifying we are missing top speed but to be third I think is great for us. I think especially in the race we can do a really good job.” he added.
Max feels that starting on the softer tyre would provide him an edge as the track is quite slippery and he might have an overtaking opportunity on Turn 1.
“Starting on the softer tyre is a benefit here, it’s quite slippery on the track. During the race I think we are anyway competitive.” he concluded.