The qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix tomorrow has concluded and Max Verstappen had problems in qualifying for the second weekend in a row after a massive oversteer snap in his final run in Miami.
Charles Leclerc took pole by almost 3 and a half tenths to the next closest time, despite spinning at the chicane on his first Q3 run. The next closest was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. On being asked about his qualifying session, Verstappen complained to reporters that he had a technical malfunction in his car.
The reigning world champion said: “I couldn’t do my final run, either the DRS didn’t open or I lost power, it is a bit of a shame but overall to be on the front row, for us here looking at the whole weekend so far, it was a good achievement.”
It has been confirmed that it was in fact a DRS issue.
All the focus is on tomorrow’s race
Indeed, the Ferrari has looked supreme on one-lap pace all weekend, with Charles Leclerc topping all the sessions so far. Despite that, the Red Bulls and Mercedes look to be slightly stronger on the medium tire, and on the longer runs. Leclerc especially complained of a tire degradation problem, which has been an issue for quite a few of the last races.
The Red Bull seems to have the edge on race pace and has done for at least the past two races, where Verstappen has come out on top both times. This will make an interesting dynamic on a track where the last 23 out of 31 winners have come from Pole Position. This is made even more exciting by the fact that the Mercedes seem to be back on the fore, with George Russell putting himself on the front row, ahead of Sergio Perez and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Understanding these things and on being asked about the tires, Verstappen had said that:
“[The] Last two races we seem to be good on tires, it’s tough to pass on this track but I hope our car will be a little bit kinder to the tires [than the others].”
Red Bull will certainly be hoping to leapfrog the Ferraris this weekend, as the gap is only 6 points. Max Verstappen will hope to cut down Charles Leclerc’s lead at the top, and continue his streak of race victories with his first win in Spain since his debut for Red Bull in 2016.