Max Verstappen says he is not dreaming of a podium result on his maiden Red Bull outing, despite qualifying in a strong fourth place for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Verstappen has hit the ground running on his very first weekend with the senior Red Bull team and will start the race from the second row of the grid.
Asked whether he could make it to rostrum come Sunday, Verstappen told reporters including Rach F1: ”No, I never start dreaming. Just focus on a lot. Tomorrow is all about a clean start. Hopefully we’ll have good pace.”
Verstappen was also pleased with his Saturday’s performance, having outqualified both the Ferraris and finished within four tenths of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
“I am very pleased with my first qualifying, I was enjoying it a lot. And I think we both pushed each other which is very good for the team,’’ he said
“I didn’t know what to expect and it was very positive for sure.“
That said, the Dutchman says he is yet to find the limit of the Red Bull RB12, having driven a significantly lower downforce car in form of Toro Rosso for all of his brief F1 car.
“No, it was clearly not the limit. To be honest I still don’t know where the limit is,’’ he explained.
“But It was not about the perfect lap. I was just happy with the progress I was making every time. I was feeling much better in the car with every lap. For me that is the most positive thing.”
Interview by Cristina DeLarge
Article by Rachit Thukral