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Max Verstappen

Verstappen airs Miami concern despite latest pole heroics

Max Verstappen believes he struggles with consistency over one lap around the Miami International Autodrome, despite taking back-to-back pole positions over the sprint weekend in Florida.

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Max Verstappen has shed further light on his struggles through the Miami Grand Prix weekend, despite claiming an historic pole position.

The 26-year-old secured his seventh consecutive grand prix pole during qualifying for the race but was not happy with his lap.

The Dutchman will lead the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz away at the start of the third running of the grand prix in Florida, a race that has not been won from pole position in the previous two years. Team-mate Sergio Perez will start fourth.

"I think we definitely improved the car a bit, but I don't know what it is - every single year that we come here, I find it extremely difficult to be very consistent with the car feeling, the tyre feeling over one lap," Verstappen said after qualifying.

"It's just super hard to make sure sector one feels good and sector three at the end of the lap. To make that happen together, it's incredibly tough and again today, it was really about finding that balance."

Not the most 'enjoyable lap'

The three-time world champion secured pole position for the sprint in Friday afternoon's qualifying session - a result he converted to a win.

With taking a double win at the previous round in China, which was the first sprint weekend of the season, Verstappen has six wins from seven races. He can make it seven from eight tomorrow. However, he was not able to enjoy his qualifying performance.

"I think we did okay," he added.

"It's not necessary the most enjoyable lap out of my career, just because of how slippery it is - you're not very confident on the lap, but we are on pole and that's of course the most important."

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