Max Verstappen secured his third consecutive podium finish last week in Portugal, as he finished P2 ahead of Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamilton won the race, and extended his lead at the top of the championship to 8 points.
The Spanish GP will be an integral part of Verstappen’s season, as he aims to cut the gap on Lewis Hamilton. He finished P2 in the first practice session in Spain, but finished a lowly P9 in the second session. However, the Dutch driver is not too bothered by his poor performance in FP2, and looks forward to having a good weekend.
“I made an error in Turn 10, so we got into the dirt but, overall, I think we had quite a good day,” he told Sky F1. “The car seems quite competitive so looking forward to tomorrow to try and improve a bit further but nothing shocking today. We seem quite competitive. I mean, how competitive we’re going to be tomorrow is always going to be a question mark but, from our side, we are quite happy,” he added.
Sergio Perez opens up on his performance in the practice session
Sergio Perez, who finished P4 at the Portugal GP, did not fare well in the second practice session. The Mexican ended the day on P10, and will have to find the pace overnight, if he is to do well in Spain.
“It is tricky these days with the limited practice that we have,” he told reporters back in the paddock. We had a couple of delays in both sessions, and that meant we were rushing a bit into traffic. A lot of understanding and pace to be found tonight, especially over one lap,” said Perez.
“I think the long-run pace looks stronger, but we have to see what we are able to take for qualifying given how important it is this year. Hopefully we are able to recover the pace tonight and we can be in the mix tomorrow,” he added.