Verstappen pleased with third, Horner hails Perez 'sacrifice'

Max Verstappen stated he was more than pleased to emerge from Friday’s qualifying session on the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in third place behind the 2 Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

The Crimson Bull driver stated that it was higher than he had been anticipating after the crew struggled within the single hour-long free follow earlier within the day.

“This observe is all the time going to be tough,” Verstappen acknowledged. “We struggled a bit greater than we wished in free follow however we recovered fairly effectively all through qualifying.

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“I am joyful to be third,” he informed the media in parc ferme instantly after the tip of qualifying. “For the race hopefully we is usually a bit nearer.”

The brand new dash qualifying format getting used for less than the second time this weekend signifies that there shall be a second follow on Saturday adopted by the dash race that units the beginning order for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

“You by no means know round right here. We nonetheless have FP2 so we are able to see what we are able to do to assist the long term tempo a bit extra,” he stated. “It will likely be a bit harder round right here, however nonetheless we are able to rating a superb quantity of factors.”

Whereas Verstappen shall be lining up for the 30-minute Saturday race on the entrance row, his crew mate Sergio Perez shall be again in ninth after utilizing his ultimate run to ‘tow’ Verstappen to a faster time at the price of his personal.

Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B leaves the pits. 10.09.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Monza

“Checo performed a key, key function as a crew participant in the present day to provide his teammate a tow and assist Max get into that place,” Crimson Bull crew principal confirmed afterwards.

The crew’s concern was that the robust exhibiting of the McLarens left them weak to being pushed off the second row with out Perez’ assist.

“Checo in all probability sacrificed half a second,” Horner prompt. “He ought to have been greater than he’s, however we’re fairly pleased with that end result.”

“We acquired the most effective out of it,” agreed Crimson Bull motorsports advisor Dr Helmet Marko in an interview with Sky Germany. Nice teamwork, because of Perez, who gave the slipstream!”

“We’re happy, we feared that even McLaren could be forward of us right here,” he added.

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B. 10.09.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Monz

The high-powered Monza circuit normally performed to Mercedes’ benefits, however Horner stated that Crimson Bull had made progress on the place that they had been a yr in the past.

“Primarily based on what the deficit was final yr, we just about have halved that hole,” Horner acknowledged, including that by beginning tomorrow’s dash on the racing line he might have the higher hand on Hamilton.

“What’s fascinating is the run down to show 1,” he defined. “Max is on the proper aspect of the grid,

“He’ll hopefully decide up a tow on the run to show 1 so it places on much more emphasis I am certain” he continued. “Lewis would in all probability most popular to be on the left than the proper, so it should make it a really thrilling dash.”

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