Max Verstappen: ‘I did not expect this’

The Limburger provided a surprise, by being faster than Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamilton took pole position with force majeure. Unlike Verstappen and Bottas, he starts on the softest tire.

“It will be very interesting with the tires tomorrow. If we have a good start, you never know what could happen towards the first corner, ”said Verstappen after his best qualifying ever in Sochi. “We were looking for the right balance of the car for a long time this weekend, but the last lap was not bad at all.”

Hamilton is wary of both Verstappen and Bottas, who start on the harder medium tire. “This is perhaps the worst place to be on pole, given the air resistance with these cars,” said the World Cup leader. “It will be difficult to win the race, but I remain positive.”

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