Max Verstappen has hailed a "perfect" qualifying session after a tough run-up in practice.
Verstappen suffered from set-up issues throughout the practice sessions, and his Red Bull was forced to undergo a chassis change overnight on Friday due to a problem with the fuel tank.
The Dutchman split the two Ferraris in qualifying, slotting ahead of Charles Leclerc for fourth place. Verstappen says that he wasn't able to achieve any more from his fastest Q3 lap, which puts him in the fight for Sunday's race.
"In qualifying, I would say it was quite a perfect session in terms of what we could do with performance and in terms of what we have,” Verstappen said. “The whole run-up to it wasn’t perfect.
“We all know that it is a quite strong track for them [Mercedes] and they have been really quick, while we have been playing a lot with the setup to try something different. Some worked, some didn’t obviously in the morning. But I am very happy with fourth in qualifying.”
Verstappen is remaining cautious when it comes to conclusions over Red Bull's pace, as it enters the season with Honda as its power unit supplier.
"We will find out tomorrow exactly how competitive we are but it seems very smooth,” he said. “We are working really well together so I really have nothing to complain to them about.
“They are working really hard and really focused so we had no issues which is great. It gives you a really positive feeling and enjoyment as well while driving.”
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