Max Verstappen not happy with performance despite Red Bull Austrian GP pole position


Max Verstappen has snatched pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the Red Bull Ring but Lando Norris was the stand-out performer ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. Verstappen admitted he was not happy with Red Bull’s performance despite qualifying first.

Verstappen set a 1:03.720 in front of a full capacity crowd at the Red Bull Ring and Norris was less than half a tenth behind after setting a 1:03.768.

The roars from the ‘orange army’ echoed around the Styrian mountains, as the Dutchman secured his seventh career pole position and his third in a row in the battle to become world champion.


However, after the session, Verstappen admitted he was unhappy with his overall performance, and believed there was more he could’ve done more to improve.

“I think Q3 was pretty bad. I’m of course happy to be first, but not the way we got it,” said Verstappen directly after the qualifying session.

“So, something to look into, but of course to be twice on pole nevertheless the years is very good.


“So yeah, hopefully you know we can finish it off tomorrow.

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“I mean it’s, of course, softer compounds compared to last week so it will be tough to manage those in the race but besides that, I think I just tried to focus on our own race, and then, of course, we’ll try to win but it’s never straightforward, but we’ll see.”


Norris impressed in the McLaren, just under five hundredths of a second behind Verstappen, and was visibly more delighted with his performance.

“I feel epic,” said the Briton. “It was cool, I guess after last race I wanted to get that one more step and I did two more, which puts us in a good position for tomorrow.

“Probably one of my best laps I’ve done I think, it’s a good feeling.


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