Max Verstappen is adamant a late spin was not to blame for him failing to match the blistering pole position time of Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix.
As with last week's Austrian Grand Prix, the Red Bull driver will again line up second on the grid on Sunday, albeit a seismic 1.2secs adrift of Hamilton in his Mercedes following a dramatic wet-weather session at the Red Bull Ring.
It is likely Verstappen would at least have closed that gap with his last lap as he had set personal best times in the first two sectors before the spin in the final part of the track.
"I think overall it was a good qualifying,” said Verstappen. “In Q3 it was raining a lot more, and it seemed like we were struggling a bit more in the really wet conditions.
"I was just aquaplaning a lot more and I couldn’t really put the power down in some combined corners. It was not easy.
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