Christian Horner has admitted he is surprised by the pace of McLaren and its Mercedes engine this weekend.

Horner has taken another pole as team manager for Red Bull, thanks to Max Verstappen. Lando Norris was only 0.048sec behind though, and a McLaren leading out to turn 1 cannot be ruled out.

“It was mighty close with the McLaren,” Horner said. “I’m sure they’re going to be a factor tomorrow, but to have both cars ahead of the Mercedes here.”

“We don’t know what the weather is going to do tomorrow, so we got to react to that but it’s a phenomenal starting position. With Max, he’s always looking for that little bit more and I think he felt there was more in the car today.”

“He had a slight lock-up on the first run so we wanted to give him clean air for the last run, and that meant he ended up at the front of the queue. That’s what he was a little frustrated about at the end there, but nonetheless a phenomenal performance and to have Checo up there as well ahead of the Mercedes is a great team result.”

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