Max Verstappen believes he can finish no lower than second place at the Miami Grand Prix, despite qualifying in ninth position. Verstappen missed out on pole position due to a mistake on his first flying lap in Q3, and was unable to attempt another after a red flag ended the session. Verstappen blamed himself for his lowly starting position, saying that his Q2 lap would have been enough for pole. However, he remained positive and claimed that setbacks do not always carry on for the rest of the year.
Verstappen‘s championship hopes took another setback as his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez claimed pole position. Perez won last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix and has closed the gap to Verstappen in the standings to just six points. Verstappen appeared unfazed by the possibility of falling behind Perez and maintained that the championship was not won in one race.
Verstappen reflected on his underwhelming qualifying performance, saying that he was a little off line out of Turn 6 and into Turn 7 and felt some understeer, which caused him to abort his lap. Verstappen also revealed that his Q2 lap was fast enough for pole and that the team had a quick car, but “when it matters, we didn’t” put it together.
Verstappen was deprived of a second attempt at pole position due to a red flag after Ferrari‘s Charles Leclerc crashed at Turn 7. Verstappen took responsibility for his low starting position, saying that it was his fault and that he was “upset” about it. Despite the frustration, Verstappen remained positive and confident that he could still achieve a high finish in the race.
Verstappen has faced setbacks in previous seasons and has come out stronger and more determined. The Dutch driver believes that “it can’t always be perfect” and that “you still need to nail a few bits yourself.” The Miami Grand Prix will be another opportunity for Verstappen to show his resilience and potential as a championship contender.