Max Verstappen is delighted with pole position for Saturday’s Sprint after a pulsating Qualifying session as the two Ferrari’s pushed the world champion hard in second and third.
The Dutchman looked peerless all session dominating his team mate Sergio Perez who Qualified in P4 at a circuit Verstappen won twice at last year.
The 24-year-old suffered an arduous afternoon at Silverstone last time out but bounced back superbly on Friday at his team’s home circuit.
He explained post-session that he is pleased with pole position but the races are much more significant as they reward championship points: "Very happy with pole but I also know tomorrow and Sunday you can get the points.”
He added that the disrupted nature of the session hindered Verstappen from getting into a flow during Qualifying and the track temperature decreasing kept the world champion on his toes.
"It was a very long wait between the two runs. That's never great once you're in a rhythm; you want to keep going.
"Also, the track temperature is dropping, the wind is picking up a little bit. In the end it was a really tight qualifying and it's a really challenging track to get qualifying right.
On his approach to tomorrow's sprint: "We have a great car. Hope it's clean into Turn 1 and a good getaway. I feel confident with the car we have.”
Sergio Perez claimed fourth place for Saturday's Sprint behind his team mate and the two Ferrari’s on a difficult day for the Mexican.
The 32-year-old said: “It was a tricky day already from FP1 things didn’t feel great so bit of understanding on our side and hopefully tomorrow we are able to recover.
The three-time Grand Prix winer also explained that he struggled to deliver consistent lap times in the hugely disjointed session but is looking forward to Sprint and Sunday’s 71 lap Grand Prix.
“I wasn’t able to get into the rhythm… but obviously now it’s Sprint tomorrow and a long race ahead so we’ve got to keep our head down and push hard for tomorrow’s Sprint to try to make some progress and get a good position for tomorrow’s race."