Christian Horner has admitted. The GP of Europe has been a disappointment for Red Bull, every time that the austrian team has not taken the first appointment in the streets of Baku to score a good swag of points. Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh despite starting second on the grid in a race in which his performance was diluted. Something more strong and consistently has shown to be Max Verstappen, although the dutchman has not been able to progress excessively during the race. The young rider has earned a place throughout the test for crossing the finish line in eighth position.
The race was mutating completely for Daniel Ricciardo, as he has confessed to the australian: “at The beginning we had a good position and the goal was to beat Rosberg. We were able to maintain the second position, and I felt very good in the first laps, mainly because Vettel I was not reaching. After the third lap, we started to slide with the rear of the car and there was no way to control it. I Went from being very optimistic to see the things of uncertain shape. I don’t think that we had the wrong strategy, but we have had to adapt to make two stops“.
In this line, Ricciardo explained: “we Were slow during the first two-thirds of stroke, but in the end we apañamos to find some rhythm. We Hülkenberg in one of the few funny moments of the race. I Think that Verstappen suffered the same problems that I, so I don’t think that we could do much more. We must understand that in general the car works well in tracks such as Singapore, but today it was not so. I was hoping to be able to do a good race, but it was not as esperábamos“.
Max Verstappen also had an easy race, with the added bonus of having a difficult departure to be in positions of half of the bunch: “Was a beginning complicated, but we can talk about a good end. The truth is that with the tire superblando and with the soft compound we had too much degradation on the rear, but when we switched to the tires middle I felt as if I were flying at the end of the race. My lap times were good, so I managed to reach the eighth position. Even I was close to the seventh place”.
by way of conclusion, Verstappen felt that his performance at the GP of Europe had not been so bad, looking for a positive reading of the race in the streets of the capital of azerbaijan: “With the start that we had I knew it was going to be difficult to catch the riders in front of me, but I think in the end we did a good job. Of course you want to finish higher in each race, but today it was not possible to get so much more. I Had the third fastest lap today in the race, so I don’t think I can complain”.