Max Verstappen was satisfied with the performance shown by his Red Bull despite only setting the ninth-fastest time in practice.Lewis Hamilton going into this weekend’s race.
“How competitive we are going to be tomorrow is always going to be a question mark,” Verstappen continued, “but from our side, we are quite happy.
“Of course you always want to improve and you want to do better. But there was nothing weird going on today so we just have to make sure that tomorrow we are up there.”
Verstappen ended the day ninth-fastest after losing time at the reprofiled turn 10 during his qualifying simulation run on soft tyres. “I was just a little bit wide in turn 10 so we got into the dirt,” he explained. “But overall, I think we had quite a good day.
“The car seems quite competitive so I’m looking forward to tomorrow to try and improve a bit further. But nothing shocking today.”
Despite his delay, Verstappen was the quicker of the two Red Bull drivers, Sergio Perez setting the 10th-fastest time. He described his day as “tricky” and said he needs to improve his one-lap pace.
“These days with the limited practice that we have, we had a couple of delays in both sessions and that means that we were rushing a bit into traffic and stuff like that,” Perez recounted. “A lot to understand and pace to be found tonight, especially over one lap.
“The long run pace looks stronger. But we’ve got to work and see what we are able to take for qualifying given how important it is here.”
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