Verstappen: Sprint race tweaks made the difference

Verstappen: Sprint race tweaks made the difference

Verstappen: Sprint race tweaks made the difference

Max Verstappen credited setup changes to his Red Bull for his pole position in Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The defending Drivers’ Champion secured Red Bull’s 100th pole position in the team’s history, clocking in a 1:33.660 time around the Shanghai International Circuit to put him over three tenths clear of teammate Sergio Perez.

Verstappen recently lost his streak of consecutive pole positions in 2024, going off track multiple times during Sprint Qualifying and ceding the top spot to McLaren’s Lando Norris.

However, the Dutchman made amends for his poor starting positions by winning the subsequent Sprint race in dominant fashion. Lewis Hamilton and Perez round out the podium.

The 26-year-old will be looking to claim a fifth race victory on Sunday, and extend his lead in the Drivers’ Standings. After the session, Verstappen was happy that certain tweaks made to his RB20 after the Sprint race paid off.

He said: “After the Sprint race, it gave us a few more ideas for the car and I think the car worked even better in Qualifying.

“Definitely very happy with how the whole of Qualifying went. The car was really nice to drive and also in Q3, that final lap felt pretty decent.

“I’m also very happy to drive here in the dry. The conditions were pretty good, so it was a lot of fun”, concluded Verstappen.

Very nice to achieve 100th Red Bull pole

Verstappen: Sprint race tweaks made the difference

Speaking about helping Red Bull reach 100 pole positions in Formula 1, Verstappen continued: “Before the Qualifying started, Christian told me that it would be possible to get the 100th pole for the team.

“It’s definitely very nice to achieve it here. So very happy, very good day in general.”

With regards to strategy for the race, Verstappen is wary of the fact that conditions are expected to be quite different to how it was during Qualifying.

He stated: “It depends on the circumstances that you’re in. Tomorrow the wind will change so that will change the balance of the car. Looking forward to race the car tomorrow here.”

The Chinese Grand Prix will commence at 08:00 BST (15:00 local time) on Sunday April 21st. Can Verstappen continue his dominant form and win around the Shanghai International Circuit?