Max Verstappen was the fastest in Friday’s practice sessions for the Mexican Grand Prix, but he says there are still areas for improvement and expects a tough challenge in qualifying and the race.
‣ Max Verstappen finished Friday’s sessions as the fastest man
‣ Verstappen expects a big challenge in qualifying
‣ Verstappen did not expect Red Bull to perform so strongly
‣ Lando Norris finished behind Verstappen in FP2 and is not surprised.
Max Verstappen emerged as the fastest driver on Friday’s sessions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but it wasn’t without some challenges. In an interview with F1TV, Verstappen acknowledged that the day didn’t go smoothly but was overall a positive start to the weekend. He expressed satisfaction with Red Bull’s competitiveness but believed there were still areas for improvement. Verstappen was pleasantly surprised by the team’s strong performance, considering the track’s slippery conditions and the difficulty of managing the tires in the long run.
Interestingly, Lando Norris closely followed Verstappen in FP2, finishing just one tenth behind. This outcome didn’t come as a surprise to the three-time world champion. Norris mentioned that Red Bull has been showing promising pace in recent races, so their strong performance in Mexico is consistent with their form. However, he highlighted that the competitive nature of Saturday’s qualifying session and the race pace on Sunday would present different challenges.
As the team prepares for the Mexican Grand Prix, Verstappen is fully aware of the exciting and competitive nature that lies ahead. He expects a tough challenge in qualifying but remains optimistic about his chances for Sunday’s race. Verstappen’s quote, “We look competitive, so that’s good,” reveals his confidence in Red Bull’s potential at the circuit.
Friday’s sessions set the stage for an intense battle at the Mexican Grand Prix. Verstappen and Red Bull have already showcased their speed, but they are determined to fine-tune their performance and make necessary improvements. With Norris also in the mix, the race is shaping up to be an exhilarating showdown between these talented drivers and their teams.