Despite praise for the layout of the Autódromo do Algarve, stage of the Portuguese GP, the drivers complained about the low grip of the track. A fact caused by the new asphalt, combined with Pirelli’s choice of the hardest tires available for this weekend.
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The condition of the track created curious situations, such as the case of Max Verstappen who, even with the third fastest time in the classification, this Saturday ended the training a little confused. That’s because with inconsistency in grip, the Dutchman established the best mark in Q1, when it usually happens in Q3 (0s025 slower than in Q1), when the top ten compete for pole.
– The whole weekend has been proving complicated in making the tires work. In addition to the tires themselves (Pirelli’s hardest), the asphalt is very slippery. You can only use a running line (without slipping too much). In general the third place is still good, of course, but it was a confusing classification. My best lap came in Q1 and, after that, I couldn’t repeat because I didn’t have the same grip. It was good, but it was not very pleasant to drive with these tires and these levels of grip – he explains.
Max was disappointed with the renovation of the asphalt at the Autódromo do Algarve. Being the Dutchman, he was on the track in January and said he thought at the time that it would be cool for F1 to go there, but now, after the resurfacing, the RBR driver says it is like riding on the ice.
– I was here in January and I thought it would be incredible to drive here in a Formula 1 with the current grip … But the truth is that you cannot push too hard, as it looks like you are driving on the ice. It is a pity – he regrets.
And if the day was difficult for Verstappen, it was even more so for Alexander Albon, who qualified sixth for Sunday’s starting grid. The Thai is under enormous pressure to achieve good results and try to stay in the team in 2021.
The Portuguese GP of Formula 1 starts at 10:10 am (Brasília time) this Sunday, with live transmission on TV Globo. The narration will be by Cleber Machado, with comments by Luciano Burti and Felipe Giaffone. The ge also shows the race on video.
Schedules and information of the Portuguese GP – Photo: InfoEsporte