Nearly as painful was the narrowest of margins by which he lost out to his team mate, meaning Ricciardo will start in sixth place - one spot behind Verstappen.
"It's just Q3 (we struggle in)", said Verstappen.
"It is a little bit disheartening as I don't really know what I could have done more with what we have".
"I find it frustrating that decisions are made on zero evidence or zero conclusions on theories and the burden of costs are passed on to the teams". What the engineers could have done better or different, so everyone was involved in the process.
"Q3 I think we [Verstappen] both put in a good lap on the supers, which I don't think was our preferred tyre, just the way the auto is feeling this weekend I felt the softs were better so that is why I went for them in the second part of Q3. So a lot of things were talked about". Horner admitted that Red Bull's lack of qualifying pace was coming back to haunt them.
"Friday paints one picture but you are never really sure about what is going to happen", said Ricciardo.
"Q3 I think we both put in a strong lap on the supers (super softs), which wasn't, I don't think was our preferred tire".
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No. 1: Their two drivers fighting for the same bit of tarmac. Horner, who warned the drivers ahead of the race to be careful, was furious after the incident but stopped short of imposing team orders on the pair this weekend.
Much of the Red Bull boss' attention was on the future, however, as he considered where the team has to go from here to be more competitive.
"I don't think many people will choose the supersoft".
"Once I committed I definitely committed early enough and at the time with a clear inside".
"He's had a hard start to the season, so starting a new chapter in Europe I think will really settle him and send him on his way". Even the brakes lock a lot easier when you don't have the downforce.
Red Bull principal Christian Horner refused to blame one driver over the other at the time and said both were "in the doghouse". "I don't know. We'll try".
"Just fast but not with the ease to be able to do it for consistent laps for the whole race".