The former F1 driver, now working as an analyst for Sky Sports, sees the Dutchman rising above himself.
“Max Verstappen looks very strong. He was three tenths away from the Mercedes and that is impressive. Max did a good job in the third free practice and it looks like he can compete with the Mercedes.”
“It could be an interesting qualifying session, because Max really seems to be there. Of course it remains to be seen how far Mercedes will be able to open the engine this afternoon.”
During the third practice, Verstappen had a problem with his DRS, but that problem will soon be resolved, according to Chandhok: “It may be that the DRS was not properly adjusted, but it is nothing to worry about. The team will do this. solve quickly. “
Chandhok is supported by Sky Sport colleagues Davide Valsecchi and Marc Gene. “Verstappen had a problem with his rear wing, which certainly took him time. It means that Red Bull is in a very good position in terms of the chance of pole position,” said Valsecchi.
Gene expects that this could become the day of Verstappen: “Max really has a chance for pole. Given his lead over Hamilton, I think he is a real contender for pole position. They just have to solve the problem with the rear wing. unload. “
Lewis Hamilton also had a small technical problem, which prevented him from driving a second fast lap. “He would have liked to do another run to check his adjustment, but had a problem with his car. That is a disadvantage for Mercedes during qualifying.”
“It was a positive session for Albon, although he is still far too far behind Verstappen. But he may also occupy fourth place during qualifying”. Albon conceded more than six tenths to Verstappen, but in turn had a gap of four tenths towards midfield.