Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen was surprised to be eliminated in the second stage of qualifying for the British Grand Prix after showing a strong pace during practice at Silverstone.
Verstappen struggled to find traction and grip throughout qualifying, complaining to his team about the trouble he was facing with the STR10 car.
The Dutchman eventually finished 13th in Q2, far below his pre-session expectations.
“It was very strange, I don’t know what happened to be honest,” Verstappen told NBCSN after the session.
“A lot of oversteer, a lot of traction problems. I didn’t really expect that. I thought we were easy into Q3.
“I lost a lot of performance. In FP3 to qualifying normally you improve a lot, but I went half a second slower. We have to see what happened there.”
Verstappen said that he was unsure what had caused the drop in pace, but remains upbeat ahead of the race on Sunday.
“I think yesterday was already quite similar,” Verstappen said when asked if the change in conditions had cost him. “The track conditions went a bit warmer and the wind increased. We were prepared for that.
“It’s a shame. But that’s life. We’ll try to do a good race tomorrow. [A] good start and hopefully we can have the same race pace that we had yesterday.”
The British Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.