Verstappen: ‘I’m not here to qualify fourth’

Date published: May 11 2019

Max Verstappen drive at the Spanish Grand Prix was "remarkable" says Christian Horner.

Max Verstappen was down in the dumps about Red Bull’s place in the pecking order following qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen was at least fighting with the Ferraris again at the Circuit de Catalunya and managed to put himself in between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc on the starting grid in P4.

But the Dutchman is not happy to have hit a glass ceiling in Formula 1 and wants to be in the fight with Mercedes for the number one spot.

“If you compare to Mercedes, of course, we are lacking quite a bit,” said Verstappen.

“So in that perspective I think we’re not where we want to be. Yeah, we can be very honest about that. I’m not here to qualify fourth.

“Of course I’m happy to qualify between the Ferrari cars but I think as a team we want to challenge the number 1, that is Mercedes.

“There was not much more in it. The tyres just dropped off and felt like chewing gum, just sliding around.

“I think we have a realistic chance of fighting with Ferrari. We are quite close. Mercedes is a different story.”

Verstappen’s team-mate, Pierre Gasly, qualified in P6 again and was surprised to see Ferrari so far off the pace in qualifying.

“Mercedes clearly seem much faster than anyone else,” said Gasly.

“Ferrari we expected them to make a bigger step in qualifying and finally we ended up really close to them.

“It will be interesting for the race tomorrow as we know the start is really important here so we will try to focus on that and get some good points here.”

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