Max Verstappen thinks he would have nonetheless certified third behind each Mercedes drivers for the British Grand Prix even when the new follow situations had continued on Saturday.
Verstappen was in a position to lead first follow at Silverstone because the temperature reached 35 levels Celsius on Friday, which was the third-hottest day on report in Great Britain.
Red Bull appeared to match Mercedes for tempo within the hotter situations, just for Verstappen to complete over a second off Lewis Hamilton’s pole place time in qualifying.
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It meant Verstappen ended up third on the grid as Valtteri Bottas accomplished a entrance row lock-out for Mercedes, three-tenths of a second off Hamilton’s lap.
Verstappen stated whereas hotter situations in qualifying would have labored in Red Bull’s favour, he doubted it could have been sufficient to make up the one-second hole.
“We would still be quite a few tenths down,” Verstappen stated when requested by Autosport if Red Bull was nearer to Mercedes in hotter temperatures.
“I don’t think the warm weather makes such a big difference.
“If it could have been 35 levels at present, I’d nonetheless have been third.
“It would have helped maybe a little bit, but not that much.”
Mercedes has taken pole place for every of the primary 4 races of the 2020 season, having fun with a margin over greater than a second over Red Bull for the final three Q3 periods.
Verstappen stated he was not shocked by the 1.022 seconds hole to Hamilton within the last classification, and was content material along with his qualifying efficiency.
“No, I’m not surprised. We are clearly still learning about the car, trying to improve it,” Verstappen stated.
“But I think overall the qualifying itself was pretty OK. I was pretty much all the time in third. There was not much more I think I could do.
“My last lap in Q3 was fairly good. I had a little bit of a second out of the ultimate nook. It’s an enormous hole, simply tried to do one of the best we are able to.
“For us, that’s third at the moment, so we did that. It’s a better position than seventh to start the race.”
Asked if he may take the battle to Mercedes within the race on Sunday, Verstappen replied: “Normally not, but we just hope to have a clean start.
“From there onwards, I simply attempt to do one of the best I can within the automobile.
“If that’s try to follow them a bit, I think we can be happy with that, and score some points.”