Max Verstappen is predicting “a lot of progress” once he becomes more comfortable driving for Red Bull in Formula 1 following his Spanish Grand Prix qualifying performance.
The Dutch teenager will line up on the second row of the grid alongside teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who beat him to third place after a tight battle between the two throughout qualifying.
When asked how much more was to come from him at Red Bull, Verstappen said: “You should see this as like the first winter test day.”
“It’s a completely different car and you always make a lot of progress,” he said. “I was very pleased with my first qualifying [with Red Bull], I enjoyed it a lot. We both pushed each other, which is very good for the team. I’m still getting used to finding the limits more, but it was very positive.”
Asked if he expected the session to go so well, Verstappen added: “No. I didn’t know what to expect.
“I was just happy with the progress I was making, feeling much better in the car every lap – that’s the most positive thing.”
Ricciardo, who felt Verstappen’s qualifying laps were “on the money,” said it was exciting to be alongside him in the garage.
“It’s a challenge having Max in,” he said. “He’s the hottest young property as far as the up-and-comers are concerned. He has created the most hype, and he showed it today, he was very quick throughout qualifying.
“It’s good for me, more challenges and people to measure myself against. Today I managed to do a good lap in Q3, we’ll see how the season progresses but it’s exciting.”