Max Verstappen has warned he is not comfortable in his Red Bull car as he was behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in qualifying. Verstappen claimed he has not felt good “all weekend” and said he had been “all over the pace” all weekend.
He said: “Not good, I didn’t really feel good in the car all weekend. I don’t think there’s been one lap where I’ve felt good in the car. We’ll try to analyse it. This weekend has been all over the place. Happy to be second, but as a team we want more.”
Verstappen was on provisional pole after bettering his previous time on his final lap. However Leclerc stole it just seconds later on his final run, bettering the Dutchman by a couple of tenths.
It’s Leclerc’s second pole position of 2022 and his third front row start from three races as Ferrari’s strong start continues.
The Monagasque said: “It felt good! Even more because it’s a track where I’ve always struggled in the past, in Q3 I managed to put everything together so it feels great, very happy.
“The car is nice to drive, everything is possible tomorrow. We need a good start!”
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez lines up behind Max in third while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz is down in ninth.
The Spaniard ran wide on the exit of turn 10 on his final qualifying run to deny him a chance of pole.