Max Verstappen will start the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon in third place. The Dutchman seemed to finish in pole position in qualifying, but crashed into the wall just before the finish line. This gives Lewis Hamilton a big advantage in the race, said Peter Windsor.
The journalist is watching on his own YouTube channel back on the exciting qualifying session. Where he saw Hamilton set a very quick time, he noticed that Verstappen was doing all he could to overcome the performance. Before that, Verstappen knew he had to do better, especially in Sector 3.
“It was at the maximum at the end of Q3, pole was up for grabs. Violet in the first sector, where he had been quick throughout qualifying. Faster than the two Mercedes cars, consistently due to this section narrower and slower, increased downforce, superiority backing Adrian Newey“Windsor said. “Sector two was also very fast because of that blind speed. There was only sector three left, which is mostly straight.”
Hamilton is lucky with Bottas
Valtteri Bottas was also faster than Verstappen, leaving the Red Bull Racing driver to start the race in third place. “That’s the protection Lewis needs, because the bottom line is that if he doesn’t finish this race because of an accident, the world championship will go to Verstappen.”