Verstappen: We have to be realistic

Date published: April 2 2016

Toro Rosso youngster Max Verstappen will be starting the Bahrain Grand Prix in 10th position, the same place he finished off the Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

The Dutch rookie explained that they have to have a realistic approach at Sunday’s race and that they will look to take the positives out of their qualifying position.

"Starting P10 isn't too bad," the 18-year-old told f1i.com.

"You always want to go more to the front, but we have to be realistic, this track is just not the best for our car and the whole package.

"In the end we're quite close to Q3 so we can be happy. Especially now with this starting position we can choose our tyres, so it's not so bad."

Verstappen also added that while the qualifiers were quite tricky, he is confident that they have enough power to challenge the cars that qualified ahead of him.

"It's very difficult to plan out because it's so tricky in Q2. You always want to be P9 or P10 but today we just got lucky," he said.

"We focus in general a bit more on the race in terms of tyres because we don't have that many SuperSoft tyres compared to others, so we have to wait and see.

"I'm looking forward to it bit it'll be a very hard race for everyone."