Despite winning the Styrian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen says that beating Lewis Hamilton is “never easy.”
After qualifying on pole for the Styrian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen admits it won’t be easy to defeat Lewis Hamilton.
Despite seizing pole place at the Red Bull Ring, championship leader Max Verstappen acknowledges it won’t be “simple” to overcome Lewis Hamilton after qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix, but adds it’s wonderful to be on top at the team’s home circuit.
The Dutchman clocked a 1:03.841s lap around the Red Bull Ring, two tenths faster than Valtteri Bottas, who clocked a 1:04.035s, and Hamilton, who clocked a 1:04.067.
The Mercedes driver was quick out of the pits at the start of Q3, which is unusual for a driver in his position, but he could only manage third place, behind teammate Bottas, who will drop to fifth after earning a penalty in practice.
And Verstappen was happy with his performance, despite Sergio Perez, his teammate, starting fourth behind Lando Norris in third.
“It’s been a pretty fantastic weekend, I think,” Verstappen said. “Of course, the car was incredibly good to drive in qualifying,” he said.
“It was difficult to get a clean run in the last few corners because of the traffic, but I think my first lap in Q3 was good enough in the end.
“I had a solid first sector, and I’m really thrilled to be on pole here at home, so it’s nice to see a Red Bull car first here,” he said.
“When you first look at the track, you could think there aren’t many bends, but the ones you do have are pretty tricky.
“So, even in turn one, breaking for turn three, the crests, and breaking downhill into four, it’s clearly a little track, but it’s quite difficult to get a good lap out of it.”
“And I thought that first lap in Q3 was quite nice, I mean, nothing is flawless, but it was good.”
Verstappen leads Hamilton by 12 points coming into the first of two back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday.
And the 23-year-old is in good form heading into round eight, having already won three games this season.
When the visor is pulled down on race day, though, all the facts are worthless, according to the Dutchman.
“It’s never simple. “Brinkwire Summary News” is something I desire for on occasion.”