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Verstappen sees 'good chance' for Miami win despite Ferrari advantage

Max Verstappen will start the inaugural Miami Grand Prix from third after the Ferrari cars of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz locked out the front row.

Max Verstappen is confident he and Red Bull will fare better during the Miami Grand Prix than they did in qualifying. The 2021 World Champion qualified third on Saturday, behind the Ferrari cars of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, after failing to nail his final Q3 lap. But despite seeing provisional pole position slip through his fingers, Verstappen says he was pleased with Red Bull's speed given their practice setbacks . "Overall, I'm pretty pleased with qualifying," he said. "I mean, I literally did four or five laps yesterday. The whole day today was still trying to learn the track, trying to find a decent balance in the car. "Actually, to be that competitive in qualifying, it was a bit of a surprise. This is not an easy track to learn."

Verstappen: We need to start making weekends less difficult

Race day at the Miami International Autodrome promises to throw up some surprises, with rain showers possible. In any event, Verstappen is confident that Red Bull will fare better in race trim. "I think we did a really good job, [but] we have to start making the weekends a little less difficult because, like this, it's always going to be tricky," Verstappen admitted. "We have a good chance for tomorrow. We have a good top speed and the car is handling quite well, so I'm looking forward to that."

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