“On my last Q3 run, I was behind Lewis [Hamilton] and we were preparing our laps and just as I went into the final corner, Felipe just dived in front of me and stopped,” Verstappen said.
“There was a big gap behind us so I was like ‘why did you do that?’ So I stayed in first gear, first gear all around the corner to make a gap to him and that basically ruined my lap because you have cold tyres, you have a shi… very bad exit out of that last corner and then it’s ruined Turn 1 because there is understeer and the tyres are too cold.
“I think it’s a shame because we could respect each other a bit more and keep a bit of a gap instead of trying to squeeze in just ahead of the last corner. That’s how it is and I cannot change it. It was a positive qualifying in general and it will be interesting tomorrow.”
“I think we can be close to Ferrari, I think Mercedes will be a little bit too quick, but normally when it’s hard on the tyres they tend to struggle a little bit more so you never know.”
Asked if he would speak to Massa about the incident, Verstappen added: “Well, he’s a Brazilian so there’s not much to discuss!”
“It’s definitely a lot better but there are just little things on the car still. Because it is a completely new car this year and we maybe had to understand it a bit more from the first few races compared to Mercedes and Ferrari. It seems to work a bit better now.
“We all know in qualifying Mercedes and Ferrari can turn up their engines a little bit more than us, unfortunately, but in the race we normally look a little bit more competitive than in qualifying.”