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Verstappen admits Red Bull Italian GP qualifying difference to Ferrari

The World Champion was second fastest but drops to seventh with an engine penalty.

Max Verstappen had admitted that his Red Bull Formula 1 car had a big difference compared to rivals Ferrari in Italian Grand Prix qualifying. Verstappen qualified second fastest at Monza to Charles Leclerc, but carries a grid penalty of five places for a new Internal Combustion Engine. It means he falls to seventh on the grid, behind Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso Speaking after qualifying, Verstappen revealed that Red Bull had set their car up differently for the race compared to Leclerc's Ferrari. "I was close but we chose to go for a little bit more downforce around here," he explained. "I think over one lap it is maybe not the best, but for tomorrow it can be quite strong and also knowing that we have to start a bit back, I think it was a good lap. "It will be an interesting battle tomorrow. I'll try to stay out of trouble and in the beginning and work my way forward."

RESULTS 2024 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying