rewrite this content and keep HTML tags
After ten victories in a row, Max Verstappen’s winning streak has come to an end. After a difficult qualifying, a difficult race followed that ultimately ended in P5, a place that Verstappen is satisfied with.
“Yes, certainly,” Verstappen replied when asked whether he was satisfied with fifth place. “In fact, everything went wrong during the race in terms of safety cars. We really had to fight for it. The first stint went quite well until the safety car.”
“After that everyone was a lot faster on new tires, so I had no chance. The safety car also caused the tires to be slightly too cold. Afterwards I could no longer get it to the temperature I wanted and I lost quite a bit of time with that. But after that it went well on the medium tire.”
After difficult practice sessions, a difficult qualifying followed, but according to Max Verstappen the race went slightly better than the rest of the race weekend.
“But it was still not up to our normal standard. We have to understand why things didn’t go well in qualifying here. Things went better in the race,” said Verstappen. “In general, our car is not very good on a street circuit. But this was really too much.”
Verstappen also looked ahead to the race in Japan that will take place next weekend: “Suzuka is of course a beautiful circuit. That should normally also suit our car.”