World champion Hamilton quickly resigned himself to his defeat. “I gave everything I could to qualify, but Max was better,” Britt said, not even dissatisfied with the result. “I’m glad everything went well with my car. I expected we would be behind Red Bull.”
“They’s fast, keep it there. I’m not surprised Max has the pole. Red Bull was already interesting, fast and reliable during the test days.”
Number three Patas also praised Verstappen. “Max didn’t get caught today. Glad to have two cars in the top three with Mercedes. Now everyone knows we didn’t lie when we were told we had to work.”
Perez and Vettel are disappointing
Verstappen’s new Red Bull team’s Sergio Perez is not available for more than the eleventh fast time, meaning the Mexican is set to catch on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel’s first qualifier for his new team, Aston Martin, ended in disappointment. The four-time world champion will start from eighteenth on Sunday as he is already stuck in the first session.
Fernando Alonso (former Renault of Alpine Racing) celebrated his return to Formula 1 with a ninth qualifying time.
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