Miami F1 Grand Prix: Max Verstappen “satisfied” with qualifying despite Charles Leclerc’s pole position


Ormula One world champion Max Verstappen says he is “satisfied” despite an error in Q3 which cost him pole position ahead of the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday.

Charles Leclerc managed to capitalize after the Red Bull driver failed to register a final flying lap, completing a one-two with Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz.

Verstappen, who endured a tough weekend, opted to look at the positives.

“Overall, I’m pretty happy with my qualifications. I literally did four or five laps yesterday,” he said.

“The whole day today was trying to learn the track and find a decent balance in the car and actually to be this competitive in qualifying was a bit of a surprise because it’s not not an easy trail to learn.

“Of course you want to be on pole but where we come from we did a very good job. But you have to start making the weekends a little less difficult because that way it’s always going to be tricky.

“We have a good chance tomorrow. The car is handling pretty well, so I’m looking forward to it.

Leclerc, meanwhile, said he was keen to “finish the job”.

“The fans are crazy, it’s amazing to be here in the United States and see how the sport has grown over the last few years,” he said.

“Last weekend was not great for me, I made a mistake in the race but today went well. We are starting on pole and we have to finish the job tomorrow.

“Red Bull are extremely quick on the straights, we are quick on the corners and it will be a tough challenge tomorrow, but hopefully we will get back to the front.”

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