Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he is “more than happy” with Verstappen’s result during qualifying for the Bahrain GP.

The Dutch driver missed out on pole to Charles Leclerc, but will nevertheless start the race from the front row, an advantage to the rest of the field.

However, Horner explained that Verstappen faced some issues which impeded him to achieve the top spot – but that the steam is still happy with the result.

“Max had a little bit of a wobble in the last corner I think, and the margins are so fine,” he explained. “But, to start on the front row after such a big regulation change, we’re more than happy with that.”

Horner also spoke about what he thinks of how the regulations are playing out, admitting “it’s fantastic.”

“I think, for such a clean sheet of regulations, [the gap between] Checo (Perez) and the pole is like three tenths – it’s nothing!” he said.

“It’s such a big change and [there are] such radical differences between the cars, so I think the race is going to be fascinating tomorrow to see if these cars can follow closer and we can race closer.

“For us, after such an intense year last year, to turn up and qualify on the front row with this new car and Checo on the second row, we’re more than happy with that.”

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