Verstappen 'very angry' over Q3 showing
22 October 2017 – Max Verstappen says he was "very angry" over his showing in the final phase of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, which left him sixth, prior to a grid penalty.
Red Bull driver Verstappen struggled to put a lap together during Q3 at the Circuit of the Americas and made mistakes at Turns 7, 8 and 15 on his final attempt, amid strong winds.
Despite the errors, he finished within a tenth of Kimi Räikkönen, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas, and reckons second could have been possible with a trouble-free run.
Reflecting on his qualifying performance, Verstappen said: "I just made two mistakes, it's as simple as that.
"It was a really bad lap, [the wind] is not an excuse, it's the same for everyone.
"The whole year qualifying has been really good and today everything was looking good again but then in Q3 when you make two crucial mistakes in such corners you can't do a good lap time.
"But I was still surprised that I was that close to P3, but looking at it more than P3 was possible, I think I could have really been fighting with Sebastian [Vettel] for P2."
Verstappen will take a 15-place grid drop for fitting new power unit elements, dropping him to 21st, though he is set to climb back up to 17th due to penalties for rivals.
"I was very angry with myself after qualifying, one of the first times this year," he said.
"It's less painful that you know that you have to start at the back, and I'm sure that we can have a good race... hopefully after a bad Saturday I can have a good Sunday."
Verstappen is optimistic that his alternate strategy of starting on the Super Soft tyre, rather than the Ultra Soft, will enable him to make up significant ground in the race.
"At least we have a bit of a different strategy maybe to some other cars," he said.
"I will have an advantage over the cars ahead of me, even with the harder compound I think we are faster, but it's a bit difficult to say, it also depends how the track will be tomorrow, after the rain tonight.
"You need to overtake a few cars before you arrive to P6 again, so we'll see."
Verstappen's team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, qualified in fourth position.