Verstappen "very pleased" with unexpected Russian GP front-row qualifying
Max Verstappen confessed he did not expect to qualify on the front row after being beaten only by Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.
Verstappen had rarely shown signs that his Red Bull had the pace to compete with Mercedes in the early stages of the weekend in Sochi, but with his final Saturday run at the Sochi Autodrom, the Dutchman finally discovered the pace he needed.
"In Q3, the final run especially, it was not bad," he said. "To be second on the grid, I did not expect. Very, very pleased with that."
Reflecting on the struggle of the weekend up to this point, Verstappen added: "We were struggling a bit to find the right balance with the car on this track, it’s quite slippery around here.
"Even this morning, I was not entirely happy. Through qualifying, we were really working on trying to nail the balance."
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