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Horner praises the work of the Red Bull team after first pole in opening race since 2013 | NOW

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner immediately places Max Verstappen’s pole position in a broader historical perspective on Saturday. The 23-year-old Dutchman gave the team its first pole in the opening race of a long season on Saturday.

“It is fantastic to start the season like this”, Horner exults on the website of Red Bull. “It is Honda’s first pole in a season opener since Ayrton Senna in 1991 and Red Bulls first in an opening race since 2013.”

After the well-run test days, Red Bull already seemed to be the favorite in Bahrain. “You never know in advance where you will be when you start a first Grand Prix weekend,” Horner said nonetheless.

“We only see that in qualifying when the fuel goes out and the engines are ramped up. The whole team, in partnership with Honda, worked incredibly hard last winter to get us into this position.”

Verstappen took pole position on the Bahrain International Circuit for the fourth time in his career. Last year at the last Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, he was also allowed to start from pole, after which he managed to win the race.

‘I would certainly not write off Pérez’

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Horner takes it in the press release for Sergio Pérez, who did not go further than eleventh place in his first qualification for the Austrian team. “He was a bit unhappy just missing Q3,” said the Briton.

“Sergio has a lot of experience and he picks up all the new things quickly. We must remember that he has only tested for a day and a half and that everything is new to him in this team. Sunday is a new day and I am sure he will be competitive. I certainly wouldn’t write it off yet. ”

Behind Verstappen, world champion Lewis Hamilton starts in second place and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas starts third. The Bahrain Grand Prix starts on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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