Red Bull and Max Verstappen managed to take the first pole position of 2021 at the Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying, and by a significant margin. However, after qualifying second-placed Lewis Hamilton didn’t seem too disappointed.
“Congratulations to Max, he did such a great job,” said the Briton.
“He was so fast on that last lap. I absolutely gave it everything on that last lap but unfortunately it wasn’t good enough.
“Everyone at the factory really did such an incredible job for us to be closer to Red Bull. At testing, we thought we’d be further behind,” concluded Lewis.
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Valtteri Bottas, who took third, believes he can take the fight to Red Bull in the race tomorrow.
“The practice this morning wasn’t easy, had lots of issue with the balance of the car and I was hoping the evening session would be better,” the Finn said after qualifying.
“In Q1 we went out on a second run with the soft tyres so we wasted a tyre set. In Q3, we only had one set of new tyres so it was tricky to compete against Max and Lewis with just one set.
“Not too bad, but not where we want to be. But starting third, anything is possible,” concluded Bottas.