Earlier than he dominated Q3 to amass pole on the Yas Marina music forward of Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen had at the delivery tried to gain through Q2 on the mediums, the same compound his rival ran at that stage to amass for the launch of Sunday’s shuffle.
However after posting a time that could maybe rep got him through to Q3 on the mediums, Verstappen locked up at Flip 1 as his bustle on the yellow-walled rubber continued and he quickly reported that the disclose had been flat-seen on the left-entrance.
He therefore pitted and went assist out on the softs, which he aged to high Q2 after which inch on to explain a 10th pole of the 2021 season.
When asked if it turned into once constantly the blueprint to originate on the softer rubber, which turned into once tracked degrading grand extra within the lengthy runs that closed FP2 in contrast with the mediums, which provide greater strategic flexibility as well to longer life, Verstappen answered: “Successfully, naturally it wasn’t.
“Because of I wanted to verify out and launch on the mediums, nonetheless I flat-seen that one.
“However I felt correct the outdated day on the lengthy-bustle additionally on the softs. So, it be now now not in actuality a worldly decision to perform to then correct disclose OK, ‘let’s correct center of attention on the gentle’.”
Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB16B
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Hamilton, who turned into once talking alongside Verstappen within the publish-qualifying press convention, said the differing tyre systems between the pair turned into once “interesting” and said he turned into once “constantly extra or much less sceptical of everything”.
He added: “So it could maybe probably probably be interesting to inch assist and predicament on the facts and onboard laps. It is very uncommon that folk lock up in Flip 1.
“However if he in actuality did lock up in Flip 1, then most definitely whether or now now not or now now not we’re within the upper space in phrases of that tyre [will become clear].
“Or even they know something we construct now now not and that gentle tyre turned into once their blueprint the total time.
“We struggled just a tiny bit extra on the gentle tyre for the lengthy runs. I mediate now we rep the actual tyre, nonetheless I suppose we’ll look the next day.”
Verstappen additionally outlined that forward of qualifying he had been feeling “a tiny on and off in phrases of [car] steadiness”.
The Pink Bull vehicles ran of their low downforce configuration with a skinnier rear flit.
“For qualifying, we made the actual choices,” Verstappen added.
“As quickly as I went into qualifying, I had a tiny of an even bigger feeling, nonetheless nonetheless [in] Q1 aloof now now not excellent, aloof wanted to swish-tune about a things.
“However from Q2 onwards it turned into once a tiny better, nonetheless needless to claim in Q2 I had my flat space on the medium disclose so I needed to inch out on the softs all but again.
“However then in Q3 usually each and every laps [the car felt good]– the excellent lap till [Turns] 12-13 I turned into once extra or much less on the same lap time. The automobile felt pretty decent in these closing two laps.”