On paper, red Bull’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix noticed them feature as the 0.33-satisfactory group for the 0.33 consecutive race, with Max Verstappen coming domestic inside the identical fourth region he’d taken in Bahrain and China. but the team reckon that, had circumstances long gone their manner in Baku, they might have secured their 2nd podium of the 12 months.
Having misplaced out to the Racing factor of Sergio Perez at the begin of the race, through the halfway point within the Grand Prix, Verstappen had climbed back up to fourth and turned into warm at the heels of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel while a virtual safety car changed into pulled – mockingly for the defunct automobile of Verstappen’s team mate Pierre Gasly, who’d been using a sturdy race from his pit-lane begin while he suffered a driveshaft failure that value him a potential sixth region.
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After that Verstappen became left to follow the two Mercedes and Vettel’s Ferrari home – however could nonetheless mirror on some other nice Grand Prix, having maintained his report of finishing inside the top four at every race this 12 months.
“In standard we had a very good race,” said Verstappen. “I usually had the Mercedes and Ferrari in sight and i used to be just trying to near the gap.
“We had suitable tempo, specifically on the medium tyre in the 2d stint where I closed the distance [to Vettel] via seven or 8 seconds. With the digital protection car, I suppose I lost an excessive amount of tyre temperature and i couldn’t get it returned as quickly as the others. around here, tyre temperature is prime and also you end up sliding loads greater with low temperatures, so it wasn’t worth risking the position in the very last laps.
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“Our pace compared to Ferrari and Mercedes became robust today,” agreed Verstappen’s team boss Christian Horner. “I assume we truely possibly had a faster automobile than Ferrari these days. I assume whilst you look at Pierre… his pace as opposed to Leclerc, in the 2d half of of the stint, he turned into stronger during.”
With crimson Bull having run Honda’s Spec 2 engine in Baku, there’ll be more improvements for the team at the approaching Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks’ time. And Verstappen is hoping they may assist crimson Bull – typically a team that come on more potent because the season progresses – to position themselves properly in league with Mercedes and Ferrari.
“The performance in Barcelona will, of route, depend on the improvements that everyone is bringing,” he stated. “however with a bit of luck we can be even more aggressive and close the space even further.”
That hole, to Mercedes at least, currently stands at a great 109 factors in terms of the constructors’ standings, whilst they sit down 35 points back from Ferrari however a comfy forty six beforehand of fourth-placed McLaren