British Grand Prix – Max Verstappen says he struggled to get to grips with his RB15 in Friday practice, but he’s taking heart from the team’s speed shown regardless.
The Dutch driver finished the second practice session at Silverstone on Friday down in P7, having been P3 in the morning session. Unusually, Verstappen was outpaced in both sessions by his teammate Pierre Gasly, with the French driver finishing P1 in FP1 and P5 in the afternoon.
Explaining his day, Verstappen said that he struggled to find a good balance with his RB15, having had several scruffy moments during practice: “From my side, today was not so good and I didn’t find a good balance with the car in FP1 or FP2. I was sliding around a lot in the wind and struggling for rear grip, so we have a bit of work to do.”
Despite his mild struggles, Red Bull’s relative pace compared to Ferrari and Mercedes means that he’s still feeling optimistic for the rest of the weekend: “It’s promising that we are still quite close to Mercedes and Ferrari so there is still a lot of potential for the weekend.”
Speaking about the new track surface at Silverstone, having had its tarmac renewed for the second year in a row, Verstappen said: “There is a lot more grip with the new tarmac which all drivers like. In general, the new surface is quite a good change but there are some pretty bumpy sections out there, especially going into Turn 6 and Turn 9. It’s not very easy on tyres here with the high energy corners so it will be interesting to see what choices everyone makes tomorrow and in the race.”