Verstappen bemoans tyre difficulties in qualifying

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen was left to rue tyre issues which cost him time during the final qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Verstappen posted the second quickest time during the opening practice session on Thursday but difficulties in warming up the tyres limited his progress in qualifying and left him in 10th position.

"To be honest Q1 was quite good but I was complaining to the team ‘okay we need to warm up the tyres better’," he said.

"Q2 was worse but I managed quite a good lap I think, Q3 the tyres were not working and when they’re not working what can you do?

"The problem is after one or two laps the rears are dropping off quite a lot. First the fronts in Q1 and Q2 but then in Q3 all four. The whole weekend went great and you want to perform in Q3 but we had problems."

Verstappen downplayed his minor crash in the final practice session and insisted that it didn't affect his qualifying performance.

"[I] locked a little bit the front wheel then got rear lock so I spun, luckily not too much damage but a bit too much to go out again in the last 20 minutes," he said. "It was very slow speed."

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