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Miami Grand Prix: Max Verstappen ‘pretty pleased’ to start third behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz


Max Verstappen was shocked at how aggressive his Pink Bull was in qualifying after hydraulic points on Friday; He begins Sunday’s race in third place behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz; Watch Sunday’s Miami GP stay on Sky Sports activities F1 at 8.30pm with build-up from 7pm

Final Up to date: 08/05/22 12:00am


Charles Leclerc takes pole position in the Miami GP with team-mate Carlos Sainz behind in second. Max Verstappen's mistake proves costly on his flying lap

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Charles Leclerc takes pole place within the Miami GP with team-mate Carlos Sainz behind in second. Max Verstappen’s mistake proves pricey on his flying lap

Charles Leclerc takes pole place within the Miami GP with team-mate Carlos Sainz behind in second. Max Verstappen’s mistake proves pricey on his flying lap

Max Verstappen mentioned he was “fairly happy” to start Sunday’s Miami GP in third, regardless of a late error which price the Pink Bull driver a possible pole place.

Verstappen was pipped by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in a tense ultimate jiffy of qualifying after making an important error into Flip 4 which pressured him to abandon his ultimate flying lap of the session.

Verstappen had overcome a large number of reliability points together with his automotive on Friday when hydraulic issues and a precautionary gearbox change meant he solely accomplished 5 full laps of Formulation One’s latest circuit.

Sky Sports' Karun Chandhok takes a closer look at the final qualifying laps of Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz

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Sky Sports activities’ Karun Chandhok takes a more in-depth take a look at the ultimate qualifying laps of Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz

Sky Sports activities’ Karun Chandhok takes a more in-depth take a look at the ultimate qualifying laps of Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz

Regardless of his error in Q3 costing him what might have been a front-row start, Verstappen was happy with how he recovered from Friday’s setbacks and he appeared shocked that he was even in competition for pole place.

“General I’m fairly happy with qualifying. Actually, I did 4 or 5 laps yesterday so at this time I used to be nonetheless making an attempt to be taught the monitor and making an attempt to discover a respectable stability within the automotive,” mentioned the world champion.

“To be that aggressive in qualifying, I used to be a bit stunned.

“This isn’t a simple monitor to be taught. In fact you need to be on pole, however the place we got here from I feel we did a very good job. We now have to start making the weekends rather less troublesome.

“We now have a great likelihood tomorrow. We now have a little bit of pace. The automotive is dealing with fairly properly. I am trying ahead to that.”

A closer look at Charles Leclerc's pole-clinching flying lap

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A more in-depth take a look at Charles Leclerc’s pole-clinching flying lap

A more in-depth take a look at Charles Leclerc’s pole-clinching flying lap

Leclerc put in strong performances throughout all three follow classes earlier than going up a gear to clinch pole as his championship battle with Verstappen intensifies.

The Ferrari driver believes Pink Bull will probably be stronger on Sunday, however with team-mate Sainz alongside him on the entrance row, he’s assured of returning to the highest of the rostrum after ending seventh on the earlier race in Imola.

“I’m very joyful, I really feel comfortable with the automotive,” Leclerc mentioned.

“It is a automotive the place you want to assume so much to go quick, however for now I really feel comfortable. It is good to be beginning on pole and we’d like to end the job tomorrow.

Charles Leclerc says he is pleased Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz will line up behind him as Leclerc claims pole position in the Miami GP

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Charles Leclerc says he’s happy Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz will line up behind him as Leclerc claims pole place within the Miami GP

Charles Leclerc says he’s happy Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz will line up behind him as Leclerc claims pole place within the Miami GP

“I at all times assume there’s extra tempo at any time when I end a qualy. Possibly at this time a bit greater than different qualifyings, however we’re beginning on pole anyway so I’m very proud of this.

“We do not learn about race tempo, particularly with Max as a result of he did not run in P2, however with extra laps, I’m certain he’ll solely be extra aggressive.

“It’s going to be tight tomorrow, however it’s nice to have Carlos by my aspect and hopefully we will hold these positions till the tip of the race.”

Sainz: I really feel assured with the automotive

Charles Leclerc takes pole in Miami and talks along with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen to Danica Patrick

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Charles Leclerc takes pole in Miami and talks together with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen to Danica Patrick

Charles Leclerc takes pole in Miami and talks together with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen to Danica Patrick

It has been a testing few weeks for Sainz, his crashes on the Australian Grand Prix and Imola placing a dent within the Spaniard’s confidence.

After Friday’s second follow, it appeared issues had gone from dangerous to worse as he crashed out on the tough Flip 14 to make it three crashes in three weekends.

Though many anticipated a conservative qualifying, a resurgence ensued and he completed in second spot, admitting that regaining his confidence has come via having belief in his automotive.

“I recovered a bit from a reasonably heavy crash yesterday,” he informed Sky Sports activities.

Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon make complaints about their concrete wall crashes at turn 14 at the Miami GP and believe it should be Tecpro at that corner for the safety of the drivers

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Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon make complaints about their concrete wall crashes at flip 14 on the Miami GP and consider it needs to be Tecpro at that nook for the security of the drivers

Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon make complaints about their concrete wall crashes at flip 14 on the Miami GP and consider it needs to be Tecpro at that nook for the security of the drivers

“It wasn’t straightforward in any respect to get the boldness again at a troublesome circuit like this at Miami however I stored it cool till Q3.

“I managed to pull out a few good laps, not fairly sufficient for pole place, however given from the place I used to be coming from I’ll take it.

“Tomorrow it’s going to be an attention-grabbing day with all the pieces that is occurring this weekend.

“I have never performed any lengthy runs but with gas on the automotive and tried it so tomorrow would be the first time to have a really feel.

“So will probably be fairly difficult however on the identical time, I’m feeling assured with the automotive.

“The automotive is absolutely good to drive round right here so I feel we will do a great job.”

Sunday’s schedule on Sky Sports activities F1

3.20pm: W Sequence Race Two
7pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Miami GP Construct-up
8.30pm: THE MIAMI GRAND PRIX*
10.30pm: Chequered Flag: Miami GP Response*
11.30pm: Ted’s Pocket book*

*Simulcast on Sky Sports activities Principal Occasion (qualifying and race build-up simulcast from 8.30pm and 7.30pm respectively)
**Simulcast on Sky Showcase



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