Verstappen thrilled with ‘unexpected’ pole in Bahrain but prepares for another ‘close’ race-day battle

Max Verstappen reflected on the Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying session, describing it as enjoyable amidst challenging track conditions. Despite a subdued start to the weekend, Verstappen and Red Bull surged to secure pole position, with his final lap edging out rivals Charles Leclerc and George Russell. Expressing his happiness with the unexpected pole, Verstappen credited the team’s adjustments during qualifying for the improved car performance.

Looking ahead to the race, Verstappen anticipated a closely fought battle, acknowledging the competitiveness of the field. Despite this, he expressed confidence in the team’s race pace.

On the other hand, Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, faced challenges during qualifying, ultimately securing fifth on the grid. Perez lamented a lack of fresh tires and a mistake during the decisive Q3 phase but remained optimistic about the race ahead, expecting a tight and exciting competition.

Perez also noted the intense competition seen during testing, indicating that the closeness of the field wasn’t surprising. Both drivers are geared up for an intense race day battle in Bahrain.

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