On the other side of the Red Bull, young rising star Max Verstappen finished fifth and 0.1s adrift of his teammate, reckons Red Bull has improvements to make with its car balance if it is to challenge Mercedes this weekend.

“The car was a bit all over the place on the super-soft so that should be a bit better but we are not too far off. The long runs on the super-soft seems to be quite okay but on the softs it seems Mercedes is very quick.

“We know they are normally a little bit harder on their tyres so maybe that is why the soft works for them quite well. There are still some improvements we need to make. I think Mercedes is quick but if we can make some improvements then we will be there or thereabout.”

The Dutchman said he is taking a more relaxed approach regarding his own engine situation, having suffered a spate of failures earlier in the campaign.

“I had no engine issues. From our garage there were no issues. Mine is fine today so I won’t worry about it. But if it blows, it blows. It is very simple”