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Austrian GP | Front row for Max Verstappen at Red Bull Ring

Verstappen will start Austrian Grand Prix from P2 in front of his team's home crowd. Can the Dutchman repeat himself after 2018 victory at the Red Bull Ring?

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Austrian GP | Front row for Max Verstappen at Red Bull Ring
Fuente imagen: Jerry Andre - Motorlat Images

Red Bull Racing was an overall protagonist during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend so far. Max Verstappen showed an impressive pace in the circuit that saw him winning last year. Starting from front row after Hamilton's grid penalty, the Dutch can see the chance to repeat himself this season: “I’m really happy about qualifying. All weekend the car has felt competitive and also from the engine side we have worked really well with Honda to extract a little more power. To start second is great and I was smiling in the car when I finished the lap. We definitely got the most out of it today and through the corners we were really quick. To be closer to the pole time is also a great step forwards.”

Verstappen also feels like he has a huge help from the crowd, as the Red Bull Ring is full of orange supporters. It's the team's home race, and the 21 years old rising star don't want to lose any chance to attack: “As soon as I stopped the car and turned the engine off I could hear the crowd. There are so many Dutch and Austrian Red Bull fans here which gives me a lot of positive energy and motivation. There is a long way to go before we fight for victory but this is a really good start for the Team and we will give it everything we have tomorrow.”

Christian Horner was also really happy about his driver performance today: “That was a great lap by Max at the end of Q3. He was quickest in Q1 and had been quick throughout qualifying. We elected to use the medium tyre for the start of qualifying and then took the soft in Q3 resulting in third on the grid, which is a great place to be starting our home race from.


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