"I think that it's never happened for me in my livelihood, something such as this".
In the background, Toro Rosso-Honda and Haas impressed, while McLaren lost touch with those two teams after a promising start.
His time in the Friday afternoon session was not representative of his actual pace, however, as Hamilton locked up in his Mercedes while on his fastest lap before then reporting his tires were "dead".
In Saturday's qualifying, but it sent with an extra 150 horsepower as Verstappen exited the second area, causing his vehiclersquo;s rear brakes to break grip using the track and also pitch him off.
The team needs a good outing after the poor showing in Melbourne. But this is a race that should provide much more wheel-to-wheel action.
The Dutch driver got out and helped stewards wheel the vehicle back to the team garage. "So that's encouraging that our auto will be, I believe, better than we showed yesterday and hopefully it puts us in the fight".