Verstappen unhappy despite 'maximum' result
11 November 2017 – Max Verstappen expressed disappointment at Red Bull's inability to match Mercedes and Ferrari during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, as he was left adrift in fourth place.
With the nature of the circuit favouring Mercedes and Ferrari, Red Bull pair Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo had been expecting to struggle at Interlagos, though displayed encouraging pace during Friday practice.
However, Verstappen and Ricciardo fell away from the fight during FP3, and the trend continued into qualifying.
Following a crash for Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in Q1, the Red Bulls were competing for a maximum result of fourth place, which was taken by Verstappen.
When asked if he was happy with the qualifying outcome, Verstappen responded: "Well, I think we maximised the result, but pleased… no, not really.
"All weekend we've just been chasing the car balance and we couldn't get it together. I never expected to beat Ferrari or Mercedes on this track.
"You know, it's simply not our track with the longer straights, but we did the best we could, we maximised the result, but it wasn't good enough."
Ricciardo, who will take a 10-place grid penalty for power unit component changes, dropping him towards the back, echoed Verstappen's feelings.
"I think I'm going to start 14th or 15th, by the sounds of it," said Ricciardo.
"Q3 with the Super Softs, I couldn't really get much out of it. The last set I'm a bit suspect about, we left the pits and there were vibrations on the tyres and it was giving me no grip on the front-left so… frustrating.
"All the top guys did I think five runs on a Super Soft [tyre set], and we did three."
Despite a lack of one-lap pace, Ricciardo is optimistic about his race strategy, which will include him starting on a harder compound.
"I'm happy to start the race on the Softs, it means we could maybe be stronger at the end [of the race] on new Super Softs," he commented.
"To be honest, I feel better on the softs, I kind of feel like I wish we had Softs for Q3.
"There's not really a whole lot of answers right now, but we just keep trying to figure it out.
"I'm always honest, if I feel like I locked up or overdrove it or was just driving like an idiot then I'll say so, but I definitely don't feel like that."