MAX VERSTAPPEN will line up third for tomorrow’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, however feels Pink Bull have possibilities within the race.
Max Verstappen has fired a warning at Ferrari (Picture: F1 / Twitter)
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Max Verstappen has fired a phrase of warning to Charles Leclerc regardless of Ferrari taking pole on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Dutchman claimed Pink Bull have a ‘good alternative’ for Sunday’s race and careworn his automobile was ‘fairly good’ regardless of missing tempo over a flying lap.
He stated: “The beginning of the lap was good then it went away from me slightly bit. Tiny errors. So not ultimate. On the whole I used to be struggling to search out entrance and rear stability over one lap. Not after all what I need however nonetheless as a crew, being second and third, now we have an excellent alternative for tomorrow.
“We’ll discover out tomorrow however I feel total we appear to lack a tiny bit over one lap however clearly within the lengthy runs usually our automobile ought to be fairly good.”
Crew principal Christian Horner was additionally assured the crew may give Ferrari a ‘laborious time’ come race day. Leclerc secured pole as he set a time two-tenths quicker than Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez. Verstappen was fast sufficient for third, an additional tenth of a second behind.
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The reigning champion has appeared to lack the house of his team-mate all weekend with Perez topping him throughout all of the free apply classes this weekend. Leclerc admitted he’s conscious of the Pink Bull risk, claiming he thought Perez and Verstappen can be ‘stronger’ heading into qualifying.
He defined after his fourth straight pole place: “It feels good! This one, clearly all pole positions really feel good, however this one I most likely didn’t count on it. I believed Pink Bull have been stronger, particularly in Q1 and Q2 I actually struggled to see that we have been quicker.
“Then within the final lap every little thing got here collectively and I managed to do an excellent lap so I am extraordinarily completely happy. I am actually excited for tomorrow. Tyre administration is a giant factor right here.
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Charles Leclerc was stunned at Pink Bull’s tempo (Picture: F1 / Twitter)
“In Barcelona and Monaco we managed it effectively though Monaco was troublesome to see something. Total our race tempo has finished a step-up since we introduced the upgrades so tomorrow might be very fascinating to see if it is the case right here too.”
Perez was annoyed he didn’t take pleasure in the advantage of a tow after his automobile suffered some points forward of the session which meant he entered the monitor effectively behind Verstappen, however the Mexican – the winner final trip in Monaco – careworn he was trying ahead to seeing what the crew may do within the race tomorrow.
He stated: “It was not a great qualifying as a result of on the finish we had an issue with the engine and we could not flip it on. So, I used to be mainly by myself and that is very highly effective round right here. Tomorrow it is a very lengthy race, we simply need to ensure that we’re there. At any level you may make a mistake, in order that’s it.”