Ricciardo: Red Bull was 'tricky to drive'

Doug Mendoza
May 14, 2018

"Q3 I think we [Verstappen] both put in a good lap on the supers, which I don't think was our preferred tyre, just the way the auto is feeling this weekend I felt the softs were better so that is why I went for them in the second part of Q3".

"With the laps we put in I thought we would only be a couple of tenths from pole, not six or seven".

More recently, Force India pairing Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez clashed on so many occasions in 2017 that their team threatened to sideline the pair should they attempt to go wheel-to-wheel again, and Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed in both Spain and Austria in 2016 while fighting for the lead.

"The two one thousandths of a gap that's not nice either, but it is what it is", he agreed.

"I always feel quite good on this track and today has been a nice turning point after the first few races where it hasn't gone to plan", he said. However he didn't sound all together convinced that this is on the cards again this weekend.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has heavily criticised the intended 2019 rule changes created to improve overtaking, believing the alterations have been "rushed" into.

"We are in a hard position because we want to not only beat each other but try and attack Kimi, who starts in front of us".

"Now from turn 1 to turn 4 it's flat-out with corners in it", he explained. With corners in it, it's even harder for us, because we lose even more speed because of the friction from the tires so the engine can't - we just lose more top speed. It's just all a bit more painful for us.

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"No one really gets that opportunity and he's very lucky to find himself in that situation".

"We just don't have that power mode for Q3", Max Verstappen bemoaned.

Verstappen is happy with the call and the lack of team orders.

On the contrary, Verstappen stuck to the Supersoft for both his runs but later conceded: "I still don't know what the faster tyre is to be honest". So I hope from now onwards, it just goes in that direction, because I don't think I need to do anything different. I think Mercedes went on the soft?

"Personally, I'd like to see him in a Ferrari".

"I don't think many people will choose the supersoft".

"Fast, but not with the ease to be able to do it for consistent laps for the whole race".

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