Christian Horner has applauded Max Verstappen’s pole place in what was an “uncommon qualifying”, one which noticed 5 crimson flags on the Imola circuit.
Arriving at Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Pink Bull had been effectively conscious of the truth that they’ve a quick automobile of their RB18.
The one drawback is that it is usually an unreliable one, the crew’s drivers retiring from 50 % of the grands prix.
However when the automobile works, it really works as Verstappen confirmed on Friday night.
In blended climate situations, the drivers having to take care of sporadic showers and three crimson flags alone in Q3, Verstappen laid down a 1:27.999.
That put him a whopping 0.779s forward of championship chief and his foremost rival for the World title, Charles Leclerc.
Horner instructed Sky Sports activities: “He did an excellent job. It was an uncommon qualifying.
“The one lap that counted was fortunately the one lap that we banked.
“It appeared perhaps even on the finish there that the circuit may go fast once more but it surely was simply an excessive amount of rain for anyone to reply after which one other crimson flag.”
However whereas the one Pink Bull is on pole place, the opposite – Sergio Perez – is down in seventh.
The Mexican driver was 1.809s slower than his team-mate with Horner placing that all the way down to a lock up on his one clear lap.
“A disgrace for Checo,” mentioned Horner, “as a result of I believe he would have been up there as effectively had he had a clear lap however he had a lock-up.
“That’s encouraging for the [sprint] race.”
Friday’s qualifying is adopted on Saturday by the second and final apply after which the late afternoon dash race.
That will probably be used to find out the grid for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, and this 12 months the top-eight will probably be awarded factors for the dash races.
Horner was delighted to notice that when it got here to the moist tyres, Pink Bull appeared to have the ability to flip them on higher than Ferrari might.
“It was the inverse of that as we speak unusually, the Ferrari appeared higher at getting the warmth within the tyre,” he mentioned.
“We had been struggling to generate the temperature and it was taking increasingly more laps however no, I believe we managed to discover a good steadiness and Max has nailed a lap on the important second.”