“We’ll see during Q3 in Bahrain” : Max Verstappen after coming second to Russell on final day of testing

Max Verstappen seems more than satisfied with Red Bull's performance today.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen(on the left) and Mercedes driver George Russell(on the right)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen(on the left) and Mercedes driver George Russell(on the right)

The pre-season testing for the 2022 season of Formula One has officially concluded today with Mercedes’ newly promoted driver George Russell topping the leaderboard.

However, despite coming second today after completing a total of 59 laps, recently crowned world championship winner Max Verstappen seemed pleased enough with the way Red Bull fared today. Unlike their first two days of testing at Barcelona, Red Bull seemed to have cruised easily today with the hindrances of a few red flags now and then.

Despite not being able to complete all the laps today due to the morning session being stopped for a total of five times, everything seemed to be smooth cruising for the Austrian- based racing team.

Rankings are the least of Verstappen’s concerns at the moment

Red Bull's RB18 challenger
Red Bull’s RB18 challenger

George Russell topped the leaderboard today with his W13 challenger with a spectacular timing of 1:19.233. Dutchman Max Verstappen wasn’t exactly way behind with him just being about a second late than Russell in his RB18.

Although pre-season testing is an exceptional time for evaluating the progress of the 10 teams on the grid with their new cars, rankings during testing can’t exactly predict how the approaching season is going to fare out.

Rankings are the least of Verstappen’s concerns at the moment. The 24-year-old driver was seen saying after testing, “I’m not really paying attention to the lap times yet. We’ll see during Q3 in Bahrain”.

It is also to note that Russell was driving on the C5 compound while Verstappen was driving on the harder C3 tires. Verstappen’s stint at pre-season testing in Barcelona is officially over. His teammate Sergio Perez took up the afternoon session where he tested on the wet tracks in order to check the progress of the rain tires.

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Rishika Saha is an F1 content writer at FirstSportz. She's enthusiastic about Formula One and Football and deems these two sports to help her unwind at the end of the day. She's currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Psychology.