Max Verstappen on pole, but admits, “I underestimated the situation”

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The'enthusiasm for the feat, the knowledge that some mistakes there'è have been.

Max Verstappen on pole position in the Dutch Grand Prix for the third year in a row in his home race. The Red Bull driver è emerged unscathed from qualifying conditioned by rain, then by the sun that slowly peeped over Zandvoort causing mistakes and red flags (including one due to Charles Leclerc's mistake in a Ferrari). And at the end of the day the è admission è of having gotten away with it nicely.

"Very complicated qualifying – admitted Verstappen – We started with intermediates, but with a new asphalt that è really very slippery. So we had to on the one hand put the lap together, on the other hand try to keep out of trouble. In the end we managed it pretty well, we put the dry tires back on and there was a dry line in several places. You had to take some risks, but the last lap è it was really nice to run".

Verstappen also acknowledged that he asked Red Bull to fit him with intermediate tires when they were unsuitable for the track conditions: "Sì, because we have already seen in some situations with a wet track how the tires work. Here in Zandvoort forò it was the first time we had such conditions. Maybe I kind of underestimated the situation even with the wind and the sun that was coming out. But especially in terms of the speed at which the track è dried out. In the end forò that mistake did not è count for anything, since we made the pole position equally by doing the right thing at the right time".

Finally, a promise to the Dutch public: that of wanting to get a victory in Zandvoort, after the pole position. "Doing my best in front of these people è always beautiful", added Verstappen.

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