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22:50  15 april  2017
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Verstappen: Massa 'ruined' my qualifying lap

  Verstappen: Massa 'ruined' my qualifying lap Max Verstappen claims Williams Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa ‘ruined’ his qualifying lap for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Verstappen was fastest in final practice but could only manage sixth in qualifying, over a tenth slower than his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who will line-up fourth in tomorrow’s race. “Just before I wanted to prepare into the last corner, Felipe dived in front of me then just stopped,” the Dutchman explained. “There was a big gap behind us, so it was like, ‘why did you do that?’ “I just had to stay in first gear all round the corner to make a gap to him that basically ruined my lap because you have cold tyres, you have a very bad exit out of that last corner and then it’s ruined. “Well he’s a Brazilian – so there’s not much to discuss,” Verstappen added when asked if he would confront Massa. Although he had a frustrating qualifying session, Verstappen is still hopeful of a good result in the race. “We are definitely closer, I think Mercedes is still too fast for us but the Ferrari doesn’t look too far ahead,” Verstappen said. “Our car seems to work much better on this track so hopefully, we will get a clean start with no incidents and then see what we can do in the race. “It was definitely possible to be a bit further forward but last time I started a bit further behind and ended on the podium so anything is possible.

Max Verstappen says Felipe Massa " ruined " his final lap in Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying by overtaking him into the final corner. The Red Bull driver ended up only sixth on the grid after topping final practice.

Trending. Verstappen : Massa ' ruined ' qualifying lap Max Verstappen says Felipe Massa " ruined " his final lap in Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying by overtaking him into the final corner 1492278725 F1.

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Max Verstappen claims Williams Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa ‘ruined’ his qualifying lap for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen was fastest in final practice but could only manage sixth in qualifying, over a tenth slower than his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who will line-up fourth in tomorrow’s race.

“Just before I wanted to prepare into the last corner, Felipe dived in front of me then just stopped,” the Dutchman explained.

“There was a big gap behind us, so it was like, ‘why did you do that?’

“I just had to stay in first gear all round the corner to make a gap to him that basically ruined my lap because you have cold tyres, you have a very bad exit out of that last corner and then it’s ruined.

Verstappen leads final Bahrain practice ahead of Hamilton

  Verstappen leads final Bahrain practice ahead of Hamilton Max Verstappen was fastest in final practice ahead of this evening’s qualifying in Bahrain. A late lap from Verstappen saw him displace Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the top of the timesheets by nearly half a second on the super-soft tyres. Lewis Hamilton was on course to beat Verstappen’s benchmark after setting a purple first sector but was unable to pick up speed through the rest of the lap, ending the session a tenth off in second. Vettel was half a second shy of Verstappen’s best time in third, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Less than half a tenth of a second separated the trio. 2007 and 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix winner Felipe Massa continued to show strong pace in the Williams FW40, ending the session in sixth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, who also showed impressive speed once again. There was a sizeable gap of seven-tenths of a second to the rest of the midfield as the two Toro Rossos rounded out the top 10. Romain Grosjean’s crash at Turn 4 caused the only stoppage of FP3. The Frenchman oversteered on the exit, damaging the front of his Haas but he was able to drive back to the pits and complete a handful of laps as the session came to a close.

Max Verstappen said his warm-up procedure for his qualifying lap at the Bahrain Grand Prix was ruined by Felipe Massa diving past him at the final corner. On an evening when Daniel Ricciardo beat Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to fourth on the grid, Verstappen was

Both Williams were affected by engine software issues, which meant they were unable to run in qualifying mode. With the various penalties applied, the provisional grid currently reads as: Rosberg, Verstappen ; Raikkonen, Vettel; Ricciardo, Perez; Hulkenberg, Bottas; Button, Massa ; Grosjean

“Well he’s a Brazilian – so there’s not much to discuss,” Verstappen added when asked if he would confront Massa.

Although he had a frustrating qualifying session, Verstappen is still hopeful of a good result in the race.

“We are definitely closer, I think Mercedes is still too fast for us but the Ferrari doesn’t look too far ahead,” Verstappen said.

“Our car seems to work much better on this track so hopefully, we will get a clean start with no incidents and then see what we can do in the race.

“It was definitely possible to be a bit further forward but last time I started a bit further behind and ended on the podium so anything is possible.”

Verstappen: Podium finish was 'unthinkable' .
Max Verstappen admits a podium finish had never crossed his mind as he fought through the field from a lowly grid position to finish third in China. The Dutch driver was knocked out in the first segment of qualifying after a misfire on his Red Bull, forcing him to start 16th on the grid. Due to the tricky conditions in the opening laps, Verstappen scythed through the pack on intermediate tyres to run seventh by the end of lap one. Despite a late charge from team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the closing stages, Verstappen held on for an eighth career podium and a first in Shanghai. “It was very challenging, on lap one I passed nine cars so it was not too bad,” he said. “I was very happy with that then [as] after it was a very good race. I didn’t have a lot of track time with the car balance from yesterday because I didn’t do qualifying, so I was basically nursing the car to the finish. “Of course I’m very happy to be on the podium, I didn’t expect that at all, especially starting from 16th.” During the final laps, Verstappen struggled to lap the Haas of Romain Grosjean – which led to a tense finish with Ricciardo for the final podium slot. “I mean I just wanted clear air as I was already struggling a lot with the fronts and that doesn’t help,” the 19-year-old explained. “But at the end we still finished on the podium so I’m very happy.

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