Max Verstappen: “We are not too far off the Mercedes”


Max Verstappen - Credit: Charles Coates/Getty Images

Max Verstappen ended the afternoon session with the third fastest time, and coupled with Daniel Ricciardo’s second place, confirmed that Red Bull Racing have strong pace this weekend at Silverstone.

The Dutchman set a time of 1:32.286 in the second free practice session to jump into the top three, having earlier finished seventh in FP1, and feels the team have started well, with good pace showing through in both the short and long runs.

Despite a few balance issues and the Silverstone circuit being one that requires a lot of power, Verstappen feels they are in the hunt for a good result.

“A very good day,” said Verstappen. “I enjoy driving here and we are competitive, although it was a bit tricky in the second session with the wind but that’s the same for everyone.

“Long run and short run pace was good so we are hoping to be close to the front. You never know what Ferrari or other teams will do but for the moment we are very happy with where we are, it’s a bit of a power track but there are still some corners which suit us.

“We are not too far off the Mercedes which is always good. There were one or two balance issues so we will make some changes overnight because you always want to be going forward and remain up front.

“I’m pretty happy but I want to go even faster tomorrow. I think if we can be the second team on the grid that would be very good. Definitely a positive start to the weekend.”