Max Verstappen fumes at Sergio Perez in Q3 of US Grand Prix qualifying

‘What the f*** was that on the last corner?’: Max Verstappen fumes at Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez during Q3 of the United States Grand Prix before finishing in SIXTH

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Max Verstappen appeared to be furious with his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez during a tight qualifying session in the United States Grand Prix.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took pole position in Q3 with Carlos Sainz and Mercedes’ George Russell in fourth and fifth.

Meanwhile, Verstappen finished down in sixth after his pole lap was deleted for exceeding track limits, which could derail his potential 50th race win. 

The Red Bull driver was in the battle for pole throughout, but it fell apart in the final session.

The 26-year-old could be heard angrily complaining to his radio team seemingly because Perez slowed down on his final corner.

Max Verstappen has finished down in sixth in qualifying at the United States Grand Prix

The 26-year-old can be heard saying to his team: ‘What the f*** was that on the last corner?’

He shouts to the team: ‘What the f*** was that on the last corner?’

However, analysis shows that Perez was too far ahead to have cost him the 0.252 seconds which he was slower than Leclerc.

Speaking to the media, Verstappen said: ‘It is a bit unfortunate but it makes Sunday a bit more fun.

‘It is not ideal but I have started further back (and still won). If you have good pace, you will move forwards.’

Behind him, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon took seventh and eighth in the Alpine, ahead of the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez and McLaren’s Oscar Piastri. 

Vertsappen, who clinched his third successive title in Qatar a fortnight ago, is aiming to become the fifth driver ever to notch a half century, alongside Lewis Hamilton (103), Michael Schumacher (91), Sebastian Vettel (53) and Alain Prost (51)

Discussing his qualifying position, Leclerc said: ‘I love this track. I love the vibe in the city, everything about the place.’

Greater analysis has showed that Perez (right) was too far ahead to have cost him the time

The lower finish could cost the Red Bull driver his 50th win, becoming the 4th driver to do so

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