VN ABU DABIJA - Statements of the BEST THREE qualifications

Author of the article: , published on December 12, 2020.

Although the track on the racetrack Yas Marina Tour perfectly fits the race car Mercedesa, and Lewis Hamilton and Walter Bottas defeated today. He was faster than them Max Verstappen with his Red Bull.

Despite the fact that the differences are minimal, it can be Dutchman however, he successfully completed the qualifying part of this season and placed himself in front of the dominant silver arrows in a black exterior.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull - pole position"In the last qualifiers of the year, I wanted to do my best again, I am very happy to be able to give this pole to this hard-working team. These were not easy qualifications as it was difficult to put the tires into operation and drive the lap without a fault. Especially the area of ​​the track with a lot of turns was inviting to mistakes. And the circle is as long as in Singapore. It’s nice to see that the progress of Red Bull and Honda has paid off. If you drive for the best almost all year, then you can be a little disappointed. But today I am so much happier. I hope that we will be able to keep both Mercedes behind us in the race, we can also be optimistic about our attempts at long distances."

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - second place"With Max’s best time in the third free practice, we saw how fast he was. We did not put the soft tires into optimal performance. We made progress during the qualifiers, but I still couldn’t get the most out of my tires and my lap wasn’t perfect either, as the car’s balance could have been better. If the differences are so small, you are quickly defeated. Pulled below the line, Max pulled more out of the soft tires than we did. It will be very tight in the race. We know we have a good race car and I feel better on a medium mix of tires. Because of this, I look at tomorrow's race in a relaxed way, because it is only tomorrow that the points are shared."

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - third place"Overall, I’m happy to be able to race again. I feel great gratitude. I want to end a great season with a good result, but I have a hard time finding a rhythm this weekend. I went to the qualifiers without expectations, but I was aware that Valtteri and Max would offer a lot of resistance. The feeling is unusual, as if he has been absent for longer than just one race. I didn’t feel good in the race car, but that’s no excuse. Tomorrow we want to warm Max up fairly. Of course, I was already thinking about how to start the race from third place. As for the race strategy, I don’t expect any surprises as most will take it with one stop."    

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