Max Verstappen was left feeling annoyed after being compromised by traffic when he was just trying to “be nice”.
The Dutchman had initially split the two Ferrari cars after his first hot lap in Q3, but was unable to complete another after a backlog of traffic began to build in the final couple of corners.
Vettel and the two Renault cars both got the jump on Verstappen in the queue, prompting an expletive-ridden response on team radio when realising he was not going to be able to get another lap in.
Verstappen was unhappy with the behaviour of others and feels he has been caught out for trying to do the right thing.
“I started to follow the Ferrari in front of me and tried to be nice,” Verstappen said back in the paddock.
“I mean I could have also overtaken him but it’s just not what you do in qualifying.
“This time it caught me out, so I’m not happy about that. But it will swing around and come back to others.”
“It’s just annoying as we could have fought for third.
“So now we just have to do more overtaking.”
Verstappen then added to Ziggo Sport: “They screw up your entire run-up, even though it’s an unwritten rule that you just follow each other.
“But it doesn’t matter, I’ll screw up their qualifying from now on as well.”
Les 2 Red Bull et les 2 Haas n'ont pas pu faire un dernier tour de Q3 ils ont passés la ligne après le drapeau à damier de la fin de séance
Mauvaise gestion du chrono 🙄
Verstappen fou de rage quand Vettel le dépasse
Gasly à 2 doigts de percuter Max #F1 #ChineseGP #Race1000 pic.twitter.com/XqqtVdGCBD
— Burgrid➆ (@Burgrid7) April 13, 2019
Red Bull boss Christian Horner echoed Verstappen’s thoughts, saying Ferrari were there for the taking throughout qualifying.
“A bit of jockeying for position at the start of the lap [cost us],” Horner told Sky Sports F1.
“Max was in a good position but then Sebastian passed him around the outside, so he’s then hung back not to get into Sebastian’s dirty air, then the Renaults passed him and he’s hung back again and unfortunately the clock ticking down the way it was, he didn’t make it to the line in time.
“It’s a shame because it would have been a good opportunity to try and improve. I think we could have made the second row today.
“We managed it in the previous two sessions and in the first run [of Q3]. Just means we’ll have to race harder tomorrow.”
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