GP Belgium: Red Bull exhibits a great pace, but are wary of Mercedes


The first day back to work after the summer vacation has proven to be quite positive for Red Bull Racing. The team of austria has trodden Spa-Francorchamps with the right foot, and has been the great protagonist of the day after your good performance in the second free practice session, in which both cars have finished in the first two positions.

to The front of the table ended Max Verstappen. The pilot Dutch, who competes in the that it is practically his home race due to the proximity to the Netherlands, and who had been seventh in the first free, marked the best time in the afternoon session, a 1:48.085.

Verstappen are wary of the pace suspiciously normal of the Mercedes this Friday, but believes he has found the right balance of the car and that there is room for improvement for the classification.

We have shown a great pace in comparison to other teams, although it is difficult to know the Mercedes. This circuit is very difficult to set the balance of the car, I have had some problems, but in the end the last change we have made has given its fruits. I am sure that tomorrow we can improve even more, but we have to wait and see what others are doing”.

I Am very happy to be first in front of so many fans Dutch, but this is not yet the ranking or the race. When I got first in the second session, they all encouraged me with their flags. That gives me an extra motivation”.


Your companion Daniel Ricciardo ended up relatively close. The australian was slightly better in the morning, finishing sixth in the first session, but in the second was more than two tenths of his companion, having rolled both of an identical number of turns (24 in Free 1 and 27, in-Free 2) without major complications.

In the same line that Verstappen, Ricciardo does not believe that the results reflect the reality, and expects to be able to make some changes in his car that will allow it to become even more competitive:

“it Seems that the thing is looking good on the timesheets, with both Red Bull first and second, but I don’t think Mercedes has used the super soft, and Force India is quite close to. I think that we can be even more rapid than what we have shown today, but we’re definitely in the right rhythm”.

“no one is on vacation, and we are back to the working mode, the energy in the garage is good, and they are all ready. we Can improve the setup this evening, there are some things that I am not happy at all, but it is great to be back behind the wheel”.