“I’m extremely pleased with this. It’s what we wished nevertheless it was not simple with Mercedes’ type,” Verstappen stated after qualification, after going 0.371 seconds quicker than Hamilton.
“I’m wanting ahead to tomorrow, that is crucial.”
Both drivers are degree on factors going into the dramatic finale and never many anticipated Verstappen to be main the grid after Hamilton regarded so dominant in apply.
But Red Bull and Verstappen pieced collectively a masterful Q3 to file an unassailable time of 1 minute and 22.109 seconds.
“Max did an awesome lap right this moment. We simply could not compete with that point on the finish there,” Hamilton stated.
“It was wanting actually sturdy via apply. We could not reply to that lap, unbelievable from him. I hope we will have an excellent race.
“The final lap was good and clear, I simply could not go any faster. I could not beat the time he did right this moment, he absolutely deserved the pole.”
The rivalry between the 2 drivers has simmered all season, effervescent over at varied factors, however the stage is now completely set for the finale on Sunday.
Hamilton is bidding for his eighth world title whereas Verstappen is aiming for his first.