Horner: 'It was a frustrating qualifying for Max'

Published on 09 June 2019 by Julien Lemmen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing had a disappointing qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen qualified in eleventh place, as he couldn’t complete his flying lap at the end of Q2 due to a red flag. Pierre Gasly took P5.

Team principal Christian Horner reflects after qualifying: “It was a frustrating qualifying for Max today. He had good pace in Q1 and we elected to go on the medium tyre, which would have been our start tyre, mirroring the strategy of Ferrari and Mercedes. We didn’t quite have enough pace on the medium and caught traffic so needed to run again in Q2 on the soft. Max was comfortably within the Q3 cut-off on his final lap but unfortunately the red flag caused by the Haas immediately stopped the session and he was unable to complete the lap. P11 for Max is obviously a disappointing grid position for what promised to be much more. Pierre made it comfortably through to Q3 on the soft tyre. He then took a different strategy by running three timed laps and a strong final lap put him P5 on the grid for tomorrow’s race, which now promises to be an exciting Canadian Grand Prix.”

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