Max Verstappen: "It wasn't the perfect day for me, we still have plenty of room to improve ahead of Qualifying tomorrow.
This mornings practice felt good but I wasn't entirely satisfied with the second session. This afternoon we could have been a bit quicker over the short runs as we suffered a bit from understeer. I don't think we have the pace to fight for pole so we will just try to optimise the package. Once we have, short runs and race pace should improve. It definitely wasn't a bad day, some hard work tonight should put us in a good position with ability to attack. The Hypersoft struggled over the long runs, it dropped off quickly. The other compounds were not so bad which could make the race interesting."
Daniel Ricciardo: "It's going to be close at the top and all three teams can be fast around here. The morning session was better for us and surprisingly we were a bit more comfortable with the hotter track. Once it cooled down this evening, we didn't feel we were able to optimise everything. I'm not concerned, we have tonight to analyse everything and I believe we will bring it all together tomorrow. I like that they brought a Soft tyre which is a few steps harder than the Ultra and the Hyper which opens up more options for the race. Each tyre seems to be a good step faster than the other, so for Qualifying I think it will push everyone to use the Hypersoft. It was fun out there. It's the toughest circuit both mentally and physically but I love it and it's a good challenge. I'm sweating a lot but it's worth it. I've prepared well and the team has brought a very good car here, so let's hope the gap is close tomorrow."
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