Max Verstappen is infamous for short crisp replies at Press Conference. With an affinity for talking less, his press presence is like Erling Haaland’s in soccer. Well, his love for one-word replies got another suitable expression after qualifying.
Several drivers will have complaints about the track. The conditions came down to such a level that Lewis Hamilton dropped to an uncharacteristic P6. Yes, shocking of course, but that is how it was on Saturday. The fog struck wet circuit had no scope of grip.
Although Lance Stroll grabbed his maiden pole at Istanbul Park, even he had a few complaints about the track. Back to the post-qualifying press meet, anyone could interpret the discontent of the leaders from their replies.
Max Verstappen was posed the first question about his experience on the track. The journalist asked him whether the conditions at Istanbul Park were any similar to season opener Austrian Grand Prix. Well, all the Dutchman replied was, “Sh*t.”
His cuss was definitive enough, yet crisp at the same time. On being followed up with another question by the interviewer about Istanbul Park being much worse than Austria, Max replied coldly again, “Yeah.”
Max Verstappen was clearly in no mood to talk. On being followed up again about Portimao’s damp track, Verstappen simply explained, “I’m not very talkative so I’ll skip.”
Although the Dutchman did not really have much option yesterday, he would still kick himself for missing out on the pole. However, pole-sitter Stroll had a few pointers about the track.
“It is quite a bit worse than Austria. I mean, this surface is just so much worse than anywhere else we have been to all year in terms of grip,” replied the Racing Point No. 18.
Even Sergio Checo Perez agreed to his teammate but did not have much to say either about the track. Before Lance could set the best time, Checo was leading the table. However, if that had been the case, then Red Bull 33 could have led the race,
Max Verstappen felt that Red Bull gifted Racing Point the pole position. Yet, with a fog-shrouded circuit and the tracks dripping wet, none had too many options. However, P2 for the Dutchman isn’t bad either.
With no Hamilton to tackle in the front row, Verstappen can look for an easy lead. Max knows that he is destined for P3 this season. However, he will look to defeat the Mercedes cars in Turkey and score maximum points winning the race.