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F1 Malaysian GP: Verstappen leads revitalised Red Bull charge

Red Bull usurps Ferrari to lock-out the second row for the Malaysian Grand Prix with Max Verstappen leading the way.
RESULTS: Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying results

Max Verstappen admits he was surprised to find himself so close to Nico Rosberg in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix as Red Bull impressed when it mattered at Sepang.

Having trailed closest rivals Ferrari on Friday despite showing encouraging long run pace, Red Bull bolstered its single lap form in qualifying as both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo comfortably hauled themselves onto the second row.

With Verstappen getting to within a tenth of even usurping Mercedes' Rosberg to get onto the front row, he is keen to turn third place into a similarly strong result after troubled races in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.

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“I think the whole weekend has been very promising,” he said. “We made some changes after Singapore in the car to make me feel a bit more comfortable and it seems to work. Of course to be that close to Nico in qualifying is of course very promising for the race tomorrow.”

Saying 'attention to detail' is making the difference for him coming into qualifying, Verstappen admits the success of this approach varies.

“It's just a lot of attention to detail because you can't change the car in qualifying a lot, just the front wing, you just need to guess sometimes, and sometimes after P3 you change and if it doesn't work out you can't do anything. You know already during qualifying you are not happy with the car but what can you do?

“So that's what's happened to me with Red Bull so far. You are just trying to change some things because you don't know the car yet to do the full potential and then you just try to find out and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.”

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