Red Bull duo promise to leave 'few millimetres more'
13 May, 2018, 04:31
Once again the main factor was the engine as the underpowered Renault unit in the RB14 couldn't keep up with their rivals through the first two sectors, where higher cornering speeds have seen two corners become nearly full-throttle.
But Red Bull's season has been undermined by DNFs, particularly their most recent - with Verstappen tangling with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in Azerbaijan, causing both to crash out.
"That's not how Red Bull is - and that's why I like the team", said the Dutchman. It was unable to keep up with its rival engines in the first two sectors.
"I really think we got the most out of the vehicle this afternoon, " he commented".
"With the laps we put in I thought we would be more like a couple of tenths from pole, not six or seven, as our vehicle didn't feel too bad which is a little frustrating".
The Austrian marquee usually finds its feet after some in-season development.
"Shouldn't we be looking at the tracks and the tyre compounds and how they influence races rather than burdening the teams with what will be hundreds of millions in costs?" he said.
"FP2 is the one where you do your race and qualifying simulations", noted Ricciardo.
This explains why Ricciardo was frustrated as he expected to be higher in the pecking order. Fridays paint one picture but you're never sure what is going to happen.
"I tried both the soft and supersoft tyre in Q3 but we have been more comfortable on the soft all weekend. It wasn't the preferred tyre, that is why I went for the Soft tyre at the end of Q3".
Meanwhile on the other end of the garage, Max Verstappen stuck to the Supersoft for both runs.
"On the soft tyre we were quite fast", he continued.
"I went a bit quicker on the soft but not enough to make up any positions". "So hat's off to them and tomorrow I think it will be a close race".
"So a lot of people will be choosing the Soft and the Medium".
Ironically, the change, which will drive up costs just two years before the sport is due to undergo a seismic change in terms of its regulations (and much more), comes in the wake of a couple of races which have featured numerous great manoeuvres. From turn seven until turn 10 is also straight now, because turn nine is flat, so it's all a bit more painful for us and, especially in Q3 when they (Mercedes and Ferrari) also add this extra power for that session and it all gets a bit harder. "After turn one I had a moment and the gap is a little bit bigger than it should be but I think any way, top three was not possible today".