RESULTS: Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying results
Max Verstappen feels Red Bull still has the package capable of challenging Ferrari in the Japanese Grand Prix despite qualifying behind Kimi Raikkonen at Suzuka.
The Dutchman turned in the fifth fastest time in Q3, behind both Raikkone and Sebastian Vettel, but will move up to fourth position by virtue of the latter's grid penalty dropping him to seventh.
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Blaming the Renault-powered Red Bull's relative deficit in straight line speed for the margin to Ferrari, Verstappen was nonetheless satisfied with the balance of his car and feels the team can fight back in the race.
“I am not really surprised [by the gap], I think the whole weekend they have been already quite strong and I knew before qualifying that it would have been close, or it would be very close and it was like that, within a tenth. We of course want to be in front but sometimes you should be happy with the position you got.”
“Start or strategy - I think that will still be the key tomorrow so let's wait and see what we can do. We are starting fourth so it is not too bad.
“I think it will be an interesting battle I think everybody will be quite close. I'm not sure about Mercedes, I think they will be faster than us but between us and Ferrari it will be very close.”
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