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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen admits mistakes cost three places in qualifying

Max Verstappen says making repeat mistakes at turn 11 during the pole position shootout cost him third on the grid at Abu Dhabi.
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Max Verstappen says making repeat mistakes at turn 11 during the pole position shootout cost him third on the grid as he will line up sixth for the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

The Red Bull driver says he was confident of challenging team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for third spot on the gird in qualifying thanks to his times produced in the Q1 and Q2 sessions but two lock-ups at the same corner on each of his flying laps in Q3 cost him dearly.

“On my first run I locked a front in Turn 11 and went wide and lost two-tenths compared to my previous run,” Verstappen said. “Then on my second run I improved again in sector one and in Turns 8 and 9 I was two-tenths up on my lap time, so that was very positive, so then I was like 'if I just do a decent Turn 11 then that's another two tenths and it's all looking good'.

“But then I had a massive lock-up into 11 with the outside wheel and went even wider. That was a shame because it could have easily been P3 today, but unfortunately in Q3 I just couldn't find the right feeling under braking for Turn 11.

“That was a bit annoying afterwards, because that lap time, if I had finished it, was even enough for P3 in Q3. So I was very annoyed with myself.”

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