The Red Bull drivers had quite different results in Saturday qualifying. Max Verstappen get close to the rivals from Mercedes and took P3. Meanwhile his teammate lost to Ferraris and finished qualifying in P6.
"Qualifying was pretty average for me. I struggled from the beginning of Q1 and just didn’t get the most out of it which is frustrating. It was tricky out there and quite slippery but the race pace looks ok for tomorrow," - Alex said.
The driver will start the race from P5, due to Bottas’ penalties, but expects difficult session and also a strategy battle with Sebastian Vettel, who will start on Softs (Alex starts on Mediums).
"Mercedes look quite fast so they’ll be strong and I expect Valtteri to make his way through the field, so we’ll need to get a good start. I think the degradation is quite high which is why most of us are starting on the medium tyre but it will be interesting with Seb who starts on the soft. We’ll give it everything tomorrow and try to make something happen."
Max Verstappen is satisfied with his results in quali, saying the team did the best for it. However, he admits that Mercedes is still fast and the race will be hard for him.
"I’m pretty pleased with qualifying and we got the most out of the car. Of course you always want to be ahead or a little closer to pole but I think this was the best we could do and there wasn’t much more in it," - Max commented.
"This is a Mercedes track and for us it was a bit more tricky to get everything out of the last sector. With Valtteri’s penalty I will start from the front row which will help in the race. The start will be important as overtaking is difficult around here but it’s a long race and we will of course be going for the win as always. Mercedes will be quick and it won’t be easy but as a team we will make it as hard as possible, put them under pressure, and fight them until the end."