Max Verstappen believes Williams deserve more credit for the performance of their FW43B chassis after the team took a second top-three place on the grid for this weekend’s race.George Russell will start the Russian Grand Prix from third on the grid. He previously started second at the Belgian Grand Prix, one place behind Verstappen.
“Lando did a very good job and also Carlos, and George for sure, he’s a very, very good driver,” said Verstappen. “But when you can do these kind of things, it also shows that the car isn’t that bad [as] people think.
“He scored points and he had a good qualifying also in Spa. That car is not a Red Bull or a Mercedes, but they also run more wing and more downforce so naturally, everything just starts to become a bit closer. Nevertheless, he still did an amazing job. But I think people have to understand that car isn’t as bad as people think it is.”
Verstappen will start from the back of the grid after having a fresh power unit fitted to his Red Bull. He said he’ll need fortune on his side to come away with a strong result.
“It all depends on the first lap or things that happened during the race,” he said. “Of course I’ll try to score points, but I need a bit of help with things going a bit wrong at the front. But let’s see.”
His championship rival Lewis Hamilton missed out a vital opportunity to put his car on pole position after hitting the pit wall during the qualifying session and damaging his car. Verstappen, whose qualifying session was over by that point, was surprised by the error.
“You’ve gone into the pit entry a few times at that time, so I’d think he would understand how slippery it is.
“But I don’t know what happened. I quickly saw the replay, so I haven’t actually fully been watching it. Of course it would be better not to make that mistake, but I guess he knows that himself as well.”
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