"Red Bull is Team Verstappen" - Jacques Villeneuve

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Verstappen Honda party mode making a difference

Pierre Gasly needs to look good alongside Max Verstappen in 2019. In just his second season on the grid, Frenchman Gasly has replaced Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull.

"We were optimistic, but we did not expect that level of track evolution", he said.

"After some of the difficulties we've had this weekend, especially this morning, I was a bit anxious but the guys here and back at the factory have been working really well together to find a good set-up and I think we can be pleased with the second row".

Max Verstappen made it through to Q2 in 10th place to suggest Gasly would have had no problems progressing if he had been let out. "We clearly aren't where we would like to be but we're going in the right direction".

Driving with Honda power for the first time, Verstappen will start fourth in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix behind Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), nipping in ahead of Charles Leclerc in the other Ferrari.

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"We all know where the auto is and my only comparison is Robert".

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