The winner of today qualifying session Max Verstappen told about his feeling of the first pole position in his career.
"It’s incredible! This one was still missing. The car felt good all weekend and then of course you know it’s always going to be hard in qualifying but we managed to do it and of course a big thank you to the team. The car was flying out there in qualifying. It was incredible,"– Max said.
"Very happy about today. Still a race to do and that’s at the end of the day the most important, but for me today was an important one, a very nice one and also a great one for the team."
Despite the improvement that Honda has made with its engine, as we could see in the last couple of races, the driver doesn’t hurry up to say that they are close to Mercedes.
"I think we are still a bit down, in qualifying especially, but we are definitely closing up."
In Germany Mercedes presented some changes, especially new aero package. However, it seems they are working at Hungaroring not that way that team was expected. Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finished the qualifying on P2 and P3, so tomorrow they start close to each other and may catch up Max from both sides, that can be dangerous for Verstappen.
"We’re in a good position in terms of working as a team tomorrow. We’re in a fortunate position, potentially, if we can hold on to Max to be able to work together to pull him closer to us and give him a bit of a run for his money," – joked Lewis.
"It’s a little bit harder when you’re on your own at the front in the team, because you can come under attack from undercuts and all this sort of thing. We’ll see how that plays out but we’ve got a long run down to turn one so hopefully we will have a nice long battle down there and then after that it’s down to team tactics," – Hamilton added.
"Like Lewis said, we have a good chance as a team because we have two cars very much at the front. Obviously we are both also racing for our own result but also working as a team will benefit both of us so it should be interesting tomorrow," – Valtteri said.
Talking about positions on the starting grid, the Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will start tomorrow’s race from P2. Previously he has managed to win the race from P2 only once in his career, and tomorrow he has a chance to do it again.
"Well, for sure it’s going to be a good battle tomorrow. It’s never going to be easy, and that’s obviously the only target as a driver. And starting in the front row and it’s very much possible. If the performance is there from my side, we as a team, it’s possible. It really doesn’t matter where you start from, as we’ve seen in the past, anything can always happen. Good chance. Very upbeat for tomorrow."
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