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Red Bull needs to “show what they can do in qualifying”, says Verstappen

Max Verstappen during free practice in Bahrain. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen stayed ahead of everyone both during FP1 and FP2 in Bahrain. The Red Bull rising star said that he is now ready to challenge Mercedes for pole position on Saturday. 

Already during testing, Verstappen set the fastest lap overall for Red Bull. Two weeks later, on the same track, the Dutch driver is still on top, and he shows that his team has the pace to win. 

“I was really happy but tomorrow is again a different day, even more windy, which with these cars is quite more tricky, so again we’ll have to try and be on it, but again, a good start to the weekend,” Verstappen said after FP2.

“I was also really [happy] before, but of course, now we have to show what we can do in qualifying,” he added.

During pre-season testing, the weather was one of the biggest challenges. That is why Verstappen stated that the conditions were not going to help, and it would be tough to bring the car to its limits.

“Of course, with the heat, it’s not easy to find a really good balance around the whole lap. I think it’s a positive day. There are still things to look into what we can look better for tomorrow, but again, also tomorrow, I think it’s going to be even windier so that will be even more difficult to drive. That’s the same for everyone, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

The battle at the front seems to be between Mercedes and Red Bull. However, McLaren looked quick as well, especially with Lando Norris. Despite that, Verstappen still expects “Mercedes to be the strongest Mercedes-powered car.”

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