"If Kimi was to get out in front, I would say, looking at the pace all weekend, it minimises our chances - but let's say it [the start] goes off in order".
"The whole weekend has been up and down in terms of happiness with the auto but we managed to do a good qualifying again", he said.
"Obviously Lewis got it working, Valtteri didn't", Ricciardo said.
"I think we could have been a bit closer - definitely we couldn't have beaten them today but for us, to be third here, on this track, is flawless".
This weekend Formula 1 farewells Malaysia. "It would be wonderful for French people, you know, also with the French GP coming back on the calendar". But I am faster this year by three or four tenths on average. I remember 2005, I think, in karting, I raced together with Esteban (Ocon) and Charles (Leclerc) in minikart. "The only thing I want is a winning vehicle".
"Of course in the dry it could be better but we always knew that it wouldn't be like Singapore where we were the quickest, so we still need to work hard on the auto to improve but it was also not really bad". "Even in the race, I was always in good positions before I failed". "It's a nice circuit but the only thing you see is the airport, the hotel next to the airport and the circuit, so you can choose from that what you're going to miss". "So it could bring the whole race towards us". "The vehicle is our hands though and so that's what we have to make the most of".
Asked if Red Bull could compete with Ferrari in Malaysia, Verstappen said: "In the dry at the moment not, I think Sebastian was really quick". Speaking to his motivation, Max seemed undeterred by his bad luck lately: "I'm here, I always try to do well".
"We just need to see tonight if we can improve the balance of the auto a little bit and then we can see if we can challenge the Ferraris, but they look very competitive", Verstappen said. No pressure then Red Bull!
Evidently someone did, with Vettel immediately responding with "I do!" before arranging for Verstappen to personally deliver a slice to his garage when the time comes.