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Verstappen reacts to qualifying concerns after Australia pole

The World Champion secured a first pole position at the Australian Grand Prix with a commanding lap.

Max Verstappen has dismissed reliability concerns after his Red Bull Formula 1 car suffered from problems in Australian Grand Prix Qualifying. The World Champion pumped in a 1:16.732s effort for the lap record in Melbourne, but had radioed into his team problems with the downshifts and a potential battery issue. After the first runs, Verstappen was only sixth with Lewis Hamilton on provisional pole, but was able to overhaul those ahead to claim Red Bull's first Australia pole since 2013. And the Dutchman is not concerned with the problems arising in tomorrow's race.

Verstappen reacts to qualifying

"No, we always try to fine-tune and we'll continue to do that," Verstappen replied when asked about the reliability issues and if he was concerned. "The last run was very good, the whole weekend it has been pretty tough to get the tyres in the window to push straight away, but it worked out in Q3. "So yeah, I'm very happy with the lap, and of course very happy to be on pole position and really looking forward to tomorrow. "I almost hit a bird, and luckily that didn't happen, but that sometimes happens on a street circuit. "We will have a good race car, but again it is quite tricky on the tyres to keep them alive and stuff, so it is going to be an interesting race for sure."

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