As his options fall away, Ricciardo expects to remain a bull

11 July, 2018, 16:10 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Verstappen blames 80bhp deficit for gap to pole at Silverstone

I think the vehicle in clear air was pretty good, particularly in the second stint on the medium tyre when we were able to pull away from Kimi a bit and then start catching Max.

"It was tragic. On the straights it's like you are driving in a different series", Max was quoted by PlanetF1 after the race.

"I tried to do a one-stop. In the end I was lucky that there was a safety vehicle, because that wasn't going to work", Verstappen told Dutch television, according to motorsport.com.

Max Verstappen was unable to keep Kimi Raikkonen behind as they battled over fourth place in the closing stages of Silverstone's F1 race, despite Raikkonen making a mistake and running wide at Stowe at the final safety vehicle restart. "It's a real bummer".

"We ran our qualifying mode at the restart versus Kimi's and you can see the difference".

Asked if it was like F1 vs Formula 2, Verstappen replied: "Yes".

"Yes", was his response, rekindling memories of Fernando Alonso describing Honda as a "GP2 engine" in 2016, the forerunner to the current F2 category.

Ricciardo and Verstappen had jumped up the order early on after a coming together between Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen saw both fall down the list.


The final two safety cars set up a 10-lap sprint to the end, during which Mercedes and Ferrari quickly edged clear of the Red Bulls.

"We didn't have the legs", the Aussie admitted. Then the rear wheels locked-up and I spun off the track.

"We lose more than one second on the straights, so this track is getting less and less favourable for us", Verstappen said after qualifying.

Verstappen will look to make it back-to-back wins at Silverstone this weekend.

He said, "It's not a nice way to finish the triple header but luckily last week was good and the two weeks before were also positive".

"This is racing sometimes.

If you lose more than a second on the straight then you know it's going to be a hard weekend, but actually I was quite happy with how the vehicle was performing in qualifying so actually I don't have anything to complain about". "I have seen it before and it will happen in the future, but of course, I'd have preferred to finish fifth here, at least to collect some points, because now we have nothing".

"I'm actually looking forward to a week off now".

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