Aston Martin Red Bull Racing are looking to leave the dramas from the Hungaroring as the Formula One World Championship heads to its fourth race of the season at Silverstone. Where the circuit is set for a double header including its 70th anniversary Formula One race.
Last time out in Budapest, Max Verstappen got into trouble during the out lap which saw his RB16 collide with the barriers causing damage to the car which was remarkably fixed before lights out. Max crossed the line in a rewarding second place, and is looking to put this behind him as they head to the Milton Keynes-based team’s home race.
“I’ve watched the video back of the mechanics working on my car on the grid and it was crazy what they achieved but it was cool to see that they all knew exactly how to operate and what to do, even in such an unexpected situation. Without them I would not have even started the race,” said Verstappen.
The Dutchman continued: “I’m looking forward to the next triple header and Silverstone is a really nice track to drive. The corners at Silverstone are insanely fast and Copse is flat out! Maggots is also flat out in seventh gear which is already crazy, especially in qualifying as you don’t even tap the brake anymore, you just downshift. Obviously it can rain at Silverstone, even though it is summer in the UK (laughs) but I like those conditions and maybe we wouldn’t mind the rain as it could mix things up.”
Alexander Albon is looking for another good performance from the RB16 at Silverstone, having finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in fifth place, he is hoping the performance and reliability will only improve at Silverstone. Albon has Daniel Ricciardo’s former engineer Simon Rennie back on pit wall acting as his race engineer from this weekend. A move which hopes to speed up the 24-year-old’s development.
Albon added, “We know the areas we need to work on and with Silverstone being a home race close to the factory, that’s good news. I think we can hopefully get a good result there, historically it’s been a pretty good track for the Team, and it’s one I really enjoy driving.”