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World Polesetter Stages after Friday: "This is a very big residue"

16:05  24 october  2021
16:05  24 october  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Max Verstappen hätte am Freitag noch nicht mit der Poleposition gerechnet © Motorsport Images Max Max Stappen would not have been on Friday with the pole position

about a hair did not have Max Max, but Sergio Perez the poleposition for the Grand Prix of the USA in Austin ( races from 20:40 clock in Formula 1-LiveTicker ) brought. Only in the last sector of the last Q3 round was the decision, so the World Cup Leader ultimately starts before Lewis Hamilton and Perez in the race on the Circuit of the Americas .

"My first round in Q3 was not special," says stages self-critical. He was still behind Perez 0.019 seconds. At the very last meantime of the second round, he was just ahead, but his lead was less than a tenth of a second. Only at the end of the second sector and in the third sector secured his poles so solid against Perez.

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"It started to rain a bit, especially in the last sector. I was not sure if I could go through my lap, but it was enough," he shows himself satisfied. Perez lost in curve 13 and curve 15 the crucial meters. There, in the face of the conditions, it was ultimately simply a little more courage to risk.

his qualifying had been "a up and down", he analyzes: "It was not so easy for me all the weekend to find the limit of the car and get this last quixto out. Even in qualifying I had to continue working there. But on The medium suddenly felt really good. "

trend reversing in the second qualifying

was second in Q1, 0.199 seconds behind Charles Leclerc, and first in Q2, 0.333 seconds from Hamilton. His large World Cup rivals he had also under control in the first Q3 Run, with 0.365 seconds difference between P2 and P4. Only in the last round Hamilton was able to grow again and exert pressure on Red Bull.

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"Q2 was a good round", finds stages. "The media just seemed to me to meet me a little bit. The first Q3 run was not perfect. I just did not have the same feeling as in Q2. I had to stretch very well, and then I suddenly had raindrops at the visor. Not ideal, But the pole is great, especially on such a weekend. "

Because that had started anything but pleasing. In the first free workout stood a second behind Mercedes. "I was not happy yesterday," he admits. "Today not yet, but we definitely have found the right direction. That helped. Because after the first training I still thought: 'Okay, that's a very big residue.'"

"but gradually became better , And today we were suddenly even ahead. A great team performance, "he pleases. Incidentally, Sebastien Buemi has contributed. The test driver was at home in Milton Keynes in the simulator and tapped what the engineers could improve in Austin on the RB16B to catch up on Mercedes.

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Horner: Balance with the medium Best

"On Friday we were a bit wrong with the set-up," does Team boss Christian Horner. "But we wrecked the car and improves the traction, and the driving behavior over the soil waves. This grew the trust of the drivers. This has played a big role. Once we even discussed it even about the medium of the better Q3 tires could."

The tires were generally the key to Red Bull's shape recovery. Trapped explains: "In Turkey, we were not a hundred percent happy with the performance. But that was another route. The tires are the only connection to the track, and the driving behavior changed all year. If you find something that make the difference. "

"in FT3", reported stages, "I already had a good feeling, but there was the time to paint. In the qualifying I was not quite happy. It just did not fit the balance. Normally I feel very comfortable in the car and I come quickly on Speed. But on this track this was a little harder this weekend than usual. "

But: "It can not always go relaxed, right?" The 24-year-old grins. "If everything was always simple, it would be boring. We worked well as a team. They helped me to improve me, and in the end we got it, but it does not work, but this weekend did not work."

Lewis Hamilton: "Have left points, were not always perfect" .
© Motorsport Images Lewis Hamilton has even chances on his eighth World Cup title The task has not become easier for Lewis Hamilton in Austin. Twelve points residue he has now stapped in the World Cup to Max, five races are still to drive. Red Bull is considered the coming two routes of Mexico and Brazil as a favorite. If there are trapped there, Hamilton could no longer become world champion from our own. However, given the previous course, most expect the fight to move until the last race.

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