The first contact of Red Bull with the circuit of Silverstone has been, so far, positive. The team of austria seems to have more pace he exhibited in Austria, and the greater number of fast corners compensates for the presence of straight lines, which have a deficit with respect to its direct competitors, and their lap times were only enhanced by Mercedes.
Daniel Ricciardo it has been today the best example of the pace of your computer. He finished in fifth position in the first free practice session and ended the day in second place with a 1:32.051, taking advantage of the absence of Nico Rosberg. The australian rider, who comes from a disappointing result in Austria, was pleased with the performance of the car on the long runs, their biggest concern for the race.
“it is Always hard to know where the others are, but we are quite happy, and the long runs seemed to be a little more competitive, so that we are on it. Not been a bad Friday. We are well in comparison with Lewis (Hamilton) by now, but I have the feeling that they will have a little more available tomorrow“.
“Today I wanted to control the simulations of races and understand them a little better, as that was our weakness in Austria. Sunday could be a battle really good with Ferrari for the podium, with luck we will be able to make those tires last a little longer and be on top”.
Not too far ended your partner Max Verstappen, although behind in the two sessions of free. The young driver of the Dutch was seventh in the first session, and third in the second, just two tenths behind Ricciardo. Verstappen believes the car has the pace necessary to be able to fight for the podium positions Sunday, and you only need to make small adjustments.
“I love to ride here and we are competitive. The wind made that the second session was a little complicated, but it is the same for all. The pace in long runs and short, has been good, so we hope to be close to the head. You never know what Ferrari and other teams do, but for now we are very happy with how we are. It is more or less a speed circuit, but there are some curves that we are going well”.
“we are Not too far away from the Mercedes, that is always good. We’ve had one or two problems of balance, so we will make some changes for the night because you always want to go forward, and keep you up. I’m happy, but I want to be even faster tomorrow. If we can be the second team on the grid, that would be very good. Definitely start a very positive weekend”.