Max Verstappen: Red Bull can be very pleased after Spa qualifying
Verstappen finished third behind the two Mercedes; Dutchman hoping for rain in Sunday's race, live from 2.10pm on Sky F1
By Max Mathews
Last Updated: 30/08/20 1:00pm
Max Verstappen hailed a "very good weekend so far" for Red Bull despite being edged out of the front row by Valtteri Bottas in Belgian GP qualifying.
The Belgian-born Dutch racer once again extracted the maximum out of his car at Spa-Francorchamps, and, while half a second off Lewis Hamilton's pole in a dominant Mercedes, he was only 0.015s off a surprising second.
Verstappen hailed Saturday's performance as a solid start on which to build.
"We thought it was going to be very tricky for us but overall we can be very pleased," he told Sky F1.
"The car might have ran out of energy but it's a good day and there are a lot of opportunities tomorrow.
"When you only finish one hundredth of a second behind [Bottas], it's not much. It's a shame, but on the other hand it was a very good lap and a very good weekend so far, so we have to be happy with that."
The 22-year-old - like Hamilton, renowned for his ability in wet conditions - admitted he hoped there would be rain on race day to liven up the action, but acknowledged Mercedes' pace would still have the edge.
"[A wet track] wouldn't make a difference. Dry or wet, the result will be pretty similar," he said.
"But of course when it's wet it's a bit more tricky around here and a lot of things can happen.
"I don't think we can suddenly start to fight Lewis but I hope the weather comes into play - it's a bit more fun!
"Firstly I have to pass Turn One cleanly, twice it didn't work out for me, but we'll see. Overall we don't have the pace to fight [Mercedes] in the race but at least it's a long run to Turn Five and we can do something there."