"Today was a good day, the auto is working very well".
Verstappen said it was also not a surprise to see Mercedes and Ferrari's advantage over Red Bull in Q3 when engines are run at full power, but he was pleased to only have one vehicle from each of those teams ahead of him. "I think we start on the right tyre, but it's a long race".
But Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko has suggested that Ricciardo is waiting for Hamilton to sign his new deal at Mercedes before eventually agreeing a new contract at his current team.
"It was not the most happiest of days", Raikkonen said back in the paddock.
However, when asked a similar question during the official FIA press conference on Thursday morning, he added: "I'm getting really exhausted of all the questions".
Hamilton, Vettel and Ricciardo are the only three drivers who have topped podiums so far in 2018, although the Finnish pair of Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Raikkonen have looked like threats at times. And having such good momentum at the moment I think a penalty would take a bit of wind out of our sails. I guess it's just a little bit more finesse. "For now we've still got enough parts to run".
The Dutchman ultimately ended qualifying third, but he and team mate Daniel Ricciardo will start on the hypersoft Pirelli tyres, while the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers will have the more durable ultrasofts. His best lap was the slowest in the field at 1:17.145, but he was there just to get the feel of an F1 auto and help the team test it on two types of tires. On my final lap, I had a small mistake.
The session stopped for three minutes after Carlos Sainz's Renault hit a barrier and spun out, then yellow flags came out when Stoffel Vandoorne broke his suspension after his McLaren touched a wall, ending his afternoon.
"A lot of laps, good information that's been absorbed", the 19-year-old said.
Latifi was named reserve driver by Force India this season after serving in a similar role with Renault.
He has raced in the F2 series the last two seasons and now sits 10th in F2 standings after eight races this year, including a third-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan.