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Horner after pole position Max: 'Amazing performance by the team'

Published on 23 March 2024 by Coen Versteeg

Christian Horner, CEO and team boss of Oracle Red Bull Racing, was very pleased after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. After a difficult start to the weekend, in which Ferrari seemed to have a good chance at pole position, Verstappen still managed to take first place during qualifying. Teammate Sergio Perez also had a good qualifying with a third place. However, the Mexican has to start sixth, due to a grid penalty for impeding Nico Hulkenberg.

Horner expressed satisfaction with qualifying afterwards: “I really thought Ferrari had the upper hand today. But we delivered when it mattered on that last run and that's certainly the first time that we've actually managed to nail sector three. All throughout the weekend, including qualifying, we’ve been giving away either a tenth or a tenth and a half in sector three, but today we finally managed to get the balance right. Max did two great laps there, both of which were good enough for pole position. Checo did equally well, delivering a great lap as well to put himself third on the grid, so overall a great performance from the team today.”