Max Verstappen Not Concerned After Opening Day In Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 10: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 10, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202112100308 // Usage for editorial use only //
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 10: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 10, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202112100308 // Usage for editorial use only //

After appearing to be off the pace on the opening day in Abu Dhabi, an upbeat Max Verstappen was not concerned, and is looking forward to a strong qualifying performance come Saturday.

Max Verstappen

“I like the new track layout, it’s more fun to drive with the faster corners, especially in the last sector. We made a few changes to the set up across the two sessions and I do think they are positive. We are still learning and understanding a few things. The short runs didn’t go to plan, we are lacking a bit of pace but I think the long runs were more competitive so that’s important. I’m looking forward to qualifying tomorrow to put it all together.”

Sergio Perez

“I don’t know how much the track has improved since last year. It’s still nice to drive but there are question marks for me on whether it has improved the racing. I think we have some work to do overnight after today’s sessions. We ran very different set-ups across the two cars, so we’ve got plenty of information that we need to go through in detail and pick out the best parts for qualifying. There will be learnings to take forward into our final practice session so we can look to qualify strongly on Saturday.”

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