Max Verstappen has conceded that he was at fault for missing out on
pole position for the F1 Sprint in Brazil. The Red Bull driver is
set to start from second place after McLaren’s Lando Norris bested
the three-time World Champion by just 0.061secs, Verstappen having
secured pole position on Friday for the upcoming São Paulo Grand
Prix. Verstappen revealed a number of issues on his only effort of
SQ3, which saw him pipped by Norris at Interlagos. “It was a very
tight qualifying,” said Verstappen. “I think my last lap in sector
one and the start of sector two, I was just not really on it. I
made a mistake in Turn 2 and lost the rear and in Turn 4, I was
just too slow. “It’s always a bit tough when you have that one tyre
set to risk at all because you might get a reward if you risk it
all.” Verstappen on pit lane passes For the second day in
succession, Verstappen passed several cars in the pit lane as he
felt he was being blocked as the drivers headed out onto the track
in the final moments of SQ3. A new directive has been imposed by
FIA Race Director Niels Wittich in order to dissuade the impeding
seen in Singapore and Mexico in recent months, where cars have
completely stopped in the pits. Reflecting on the overtakes,
Verstappen said: “It’s this new rule: if you’re driving slowly
[you] stay on the left. “I wanted to go quick. So I just tried to
pass a lot of cars.”

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