“On the final lap they told me to box and I think I realised what was going to happen. It shouldn’t happen. When you don’t plan to do those six laps… you track that throughout the session that you are not going to make it. We should have seen that earlier,” he told Sky Sports. “Not happy at all at the moment. It’s never acceptable. Of course you learn from it but this is really bad. It shouldn’t happen.”
Given the form he is in in this Red Bull – and that aforementioned chance of a safety car – I wouldn’t rule out his winning, but he did not express much optimism on Saturday night. Still, he has won the last five races and, quite frankly, it would be good to see someone else win.
What chance of a Lewis Hamilton win? He didn’t quite have the pace in qualifying but was less than a tenth away from both Leclerc and Perez and will start third. The Mercedes has generally been better in race trim, though, so that should bode well. His team principal Toto Wolff said there’s a chance, but they need to move forward not back at the start otherwise it starts to become very difficult.
The race begins at 1pm BST and we will be here for all the build-up, live updates and reaction. There’s also the threat of rain, though that has receded since yesterday. But in these tropical areas you just never know.