The qualifying at Paul Ricard saw Max Verstappen win his second pole of the season pushing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to the end of Q3.

This was the first time that a non-Mercedes team has claimed pole at the Paul Ricard circuit which has always been a stronghold of the Silver Arrows.

The eventual race saw Max Verstappen edge Lewis Hamilton and take an impressive win in France.

The last two races in Monaco and Baku were street circuits which saw Red Bull take the win.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner stated that the outfit winning a pole at the iconic French circuit gives hope to the team.

He said that Verstappen’s result could mean that Mercedes can be beaten anywhere.

Christian Horner; Source: redbull.com

What did Horner say?

“It certainly gives us more confidence, let’s see how tomorrow goes,” Horner said in an interview with Sky Sports F1 after qualifying.

“This circuit, it’s been such a stronghold for Mercedes over the recent years. If we can beat them here, then really we can beat them anywhere.

“So there’s a lot at stake. But the whole team is working incredibly well, working long hours. It’s difficult this year because you’ve got the current car, you’ve got next year’s car, you’ve got the cost cap and everything else going on.

“But as a unit, to see the whole team coming together as it is and putting this pressure on Mercedes is phenomenal.”

Verstappen: We just have to keep on going

Max Verstappen; Source: eurosport.com

At the moment, Red Bull is in the lead in the constructor’s standings by 26 points while Max Verstappen leads the driver’s standings by four points.

During the last Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, Max finished fourth, almost 34 seconds behind race winner Lewis Hamilton.

“I knew it was going to be better than the last time we were here, but this good, I didn’t expect,” Verstappen said.

“So that’s promising for us. We just have to keep on going, keep on pushing to try to make it better.”

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