Max Verstappen said he Wouldn’t have been In a place To overhaul Charles Leclerc and take pole place for Sunday’s French Grand Prix Even when Purple Bull had adopted An identical slipstreaming tactic to Ferrari.
After each drivers had accomplished their first push laps in Q3, Leclerc led Verstappen by simply 0.008s.
However, aided by a tow from Carlos Sainz – who was out of rivalry for pole after taking a grid penalty for extreme factor utilization – Leclerc improved significantly on his final run to take prime spot with a time 0.374s faster than Verstappen.
Whereas Purple Bull elected To not use Sergio Perez to tow Verstappen in An identical method, the Dutchman said such a tactic would not have given him enough further tempo to steal pole away from Leclerc.
“No, as a Outcome of Ferrari gained [solely] two To 2-and-a-half tenths with the slipstream, Charles said to me. It was furtherly very logical that they do it,” Verstappen informed media collectively with RacingNews365.com.
Verstappen: Purple Bull Did not converse about Perez tow
After his first run in Q3, Perez was seemingly protected in P3 And wanting in distinction toly to problem The very biggest two, however nonetheless Purple Bull Didn’t order him to sacrifice his final run To current Verstappen a tow.
Although it value him The prospect of a shot at pole, Verstappen said he Didn’t dispute The selection To not use the tow, including that such a tactic would have been illogical as nboth Purple Bull was dealing with a grid penalty, in distinction to Sainz.
“Clearly we each Want to be in Definitely one of the biggest place potential,” said Verstappen.
“That is why I do not assume we’re doing That Sort of factor (sacrificing Perez’s final push lap) now. We each Did not have a grid penalty both.
“It furtherly seems logical to me. We’re each nonetheless preventing for the title, so It is troublesome To elucidate.
“It is As a lot as Ferrari In the event that they Want to Do this, however inside our group We have not converseed about it.”