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Max Verstappen

Verstappen rues errors after missing out on Sprint pole

Max Verstappen was bested by McLaren's Lando Norris in the battle for the F1 Sprint pole position in Brazil, with just a narrow gap separating the pair. Verstappen has admitted that he could've done more to secure the top spot.

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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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