Max Verstappen admits that he was concerned by his brakes catching fire ahead of the Sprint Qualifying start.

The Red Bull driver was victorious at Sprint Qualifying on Saturday after an impressive start. However, right before that, the brakes of his RB16B were on fire. Verstappen revealed that it made him worry.

“Yeah, I was really worried about that. A little bit of fire, it’s okay, but it was becoming quite big and I was just looking at my mirror to the cars at the back and hoping they would speed up,” he said.

“So then, of course, I was not sure going into Turn 3 if my brakes were going to work. But luckily I didn’t do too much damage.

“I think I saw a few people in the grandstand making pictures when the brakes were on fire, so for sure they got a good few shots there.”

The Dutchman also believed that Mercedes would be faster on straights as well as Red Bull in corners due to the new format, which would not allow to change settings.

“After only one free practice session, if you’re not allowed to make any changes, and you don’t hit it right. I think then you get stuck. So we are a bit stuck on the straight,” Verstappen added.

“That’s why we have to make up our time in the corners. But in this more or less flat out race, because you cannot really call it flat out but at least pushing more, the pace was alright. But I still expect with a pit stop coming into play [on Sunday], two pit stops who knows it’s again going to be a good fight.”

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