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Max Verstappen reacts to beating Lewis Hamilton to Bahrain Grand Prix pole position

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Max Verstappen is delighted to be starting the Bahrain Grand Prix on pole position but he insists that it does not guarantee that he will win the race. Red Bull were extremely quick during all three practice sessions as they look to end seven years of Mercedes dominance this season.

Hamilton is hunting his eighth world title but it looks like he will have his work cut out.

The Brit was only able to put together the second-quickest time of Q3, meaning Verstappen will start at the front of the grid.

“Of course we already had a great test week,” the Dutchman said. There are no guarantees coming to the first race weekend but the whole week so far the car has been working really well and it’s just been really enjoyable to drive.

“The wind changing across every session is not easy to set up the car.

“It all worked out perfectly in qualifying so of course I’m very happy with pole position.”

Verstappen feels he could have gone even faster which means Hamilton will have to up his game when the lights go out tomorrow.

“My first lap in Q3 wasn’t amazing so I knew there was some more in it but you’re never sure how much,” he added.

“The balance was there so you could push it a little more. We have a good car so we have to have a nice clean start.”

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