Max Verstappen finished third in qualifying at Sakhir. Unlike rivals from Mercedes, Max starts at Soft and expects the tires to help him on the first pitch.
Max Verstappen: “We were well qualified. It’s a fairly short cycle, a few turns, and I’m happy with the third position. Today I tried to get as close as possible to Mercedes, and the results are actually tighter than usual, but that’s to be expected given the track configuration.
Tomorrow, I’ll be starting on different tires than Mercedes, so it should be interesting enough. Let’s see how this choice affects the outcome. We have nothing to lose – let’s see what happens.
Anything is possible at first. We will find out tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the race. The results are very tight on this track, there are many laps in the race to do, the traffic is not going to happen. “