"I think [Mercedes] definitely picked up their pace a bit. It will be hard to beat them but we have different tyres available so let's see if that works to our advantage or not. I just hope that will be an exciting race so I think that is most important."
Verstappen will be joined on the second row of the grid by team-mate Alex Albon, potentially giving Red Bull the option of using a two-pronged attack to try and out-fox the champions.
But Verstappen insisted he was only focused on his own job and that he wouldn't rely on others assisting him to challenge for the victory.
"Let's see what happens," he added. "I try to focus on myself and try to stay close to the Mercedes cars and then I will see if somebody can follow us."
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