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Max Verstappen

Verstappen on Magnussen threat: 'I don't even worry about that'

The Dutchman will start behind Kevin Magnussen for the F1 Sprint at Interlagos. But with rain set to affect running again, does Max Verstappen see a credible threat from Kevin Magnussen?

Max Verstappen has given his verdict on whether Kevin Magnussen will pose a threat to him challenging for the win in the F1 Sprint Race.

The Dutchman starts behind the Haas driver following a shock result in qualifying, with Red Bull later saying Verstappen missed out on pole due to car setup issues.

With all the cars currently in Parc Ferme for the rest of the weekend meaning no setup changes can be made and rain still threatening the weekend running, Verstappen is still confident about his chances.

"I don't even worry about that, I think we should be alright," he said when asked about whether Magnussen will make things difficult.

Tricky conditions led to mistake

Verstappen admits that the tricky conditions in Q3 is what led to him making a mistake, with the team anticipating only one lap on the slicks could be done with the rain threat.

He explained: "Pretty tricky conditions and you just have to stay on track to do your lap times at the right time.

"But I think at the end of the day, you know, we did that in Q1, Q2, Q3.

"We knew it was [only] going to be that first lap and when I arrived at Turn 8 I locked up a bit.

"So it's difficult out there, but still on the front row and that's what is important."

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