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Max Verstappen

Verstappen points to incident that may have cost him British GP pole

Max Verstappen has blamed a yellow flag for potentially costing him pole position ahead of the 2022 British Grand Prix.

Verstappen rain Silverstone
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Max Verstappen believes a late qualifying yellow flag - caused by a spinning Charles Leclerc - may have cost him pole position for the British Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver will start Sunday's race on the front row, alongside pole-sitter and former Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz.

Verstappen took a spin during Q3 but it was a late-session yellow flag for Leclerc's incident that may well have cost the Dutch driver pole, he claims.

"It was quite a tricky qualifying with the rain and then also it was raining, drying, so you had to be at the track at the right time," said Verstappen.

"I think, overall, the car was working really well and Q3 is always a bit of a lottery, when you have to put the fastest lap in.

"I got a bit hindered in my final lap with the yellow flag, unfortunately, but I think to be on the front row is very good for us."

Verstappen: We have a good race car

Red Bull will feel confident that they will have the pace to fight for the win on race day, having shown sublime dry pace during Saturday's early FP3 session.

The team are chasing their seventh consecutive win but must find a way past a hungry Sainz who will be hunting a maiden victory after 150 attempts.

"It's not only about the first lap, it's also about the race," said Verstappen, as he spoke over some boos and jeers from the Silverstone crowd.

"We have a good race car and it's also all about the tyre management as well.

"So yeah, I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

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