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Mercedes uncertain why Pink Bull was so fast in Saudi F1 qualifying

Verstappen was on the right track to seize pole for Pink Bull after setting two purple sectors on his ultimate qualifying lap, only to run wide at the final corner and hit the wall.

It left Verstappen third on the grid behind the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, appearing as an necessary second within the closing phases of his title battle towards Hamilton.

Pole-sitter Hamilton trails Verstappen by eight factors on the prime of the drivers’ championship, whereas Mercedes sits simply 5 factors away from Pink Bull within the constructors’ with two races remaining.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff admitted after qualifying that the crew “clearly weren’t fast sufficient right this moment”, and that the automobiles have been solely ok for second and third on the grid at greatest.

“Most likely the drivers outperformed the automobile, and Max would have been on pole by I assume nearly half a second,” Wolff stated.

“So that is one thing which we have to analyse, as a result of it’s not what we anticipated.

“Max crashing out clearly, the final lap, places us in a extra lucky scenario with one and two on the grid.

“However that is for right this moment, and I feel we will deem ourselves lucky by that scenario. The race is a very totally different recreation once more.”

Mercedes took a surprise 1-2 in qualifying after Verstappen's shunt

Mercedes took a shock 1-2 in qualifying after Verstappen’s shunt

Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

Mercedes had been tipped to dominate in Jeddah because of the high-speed nature of the observe, however Pink Bull has displayed the same tempo all through the weekend thus far.

Pink Bull crew principal Christian Horner claimed on Friday that the brand new Jeddah observe was tighter than anticipated, meaning raw horsepower would not be as important.

Wolff conceded after qualifying that he was “a bit shocked myself that we did not have the tempo on the straights right this moment, or general this weekend”.

He famous that Pink Bull ran with lowered drag on its set-up in qualifying, however couldn’t pin the hole right down to a single purpose.

“I feel we’re fairly equal on the straights,” Wolff stated.

“However we’ve been shedding within the high-speed [corners], but additionally in qualifying, in among the low-speed, the drivers have been in no way proud of the automobile.

“It’s between understeering, snapping, jacking, rolling, you title it.”

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