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Verstappen doubt Red Bull beat leaders on merit and on pace

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British Grand Prix: Max Verstappen will start the British GP from the second row, alongside with Sebastian Vettel. And his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo will start from the rear in a role-reversal at Red Bull Racing.

The Dutch man failed to finish in five of the last seven races through no fault of his own, Max set the fifth fastest time in Saturday’s qualifying session and Valtteri Bottas’ grid penalty lifted him to fourth place for tomorrow race grid.

Verstappen doubts his race pace will be on a par with top runners Mercedes and Ferrari.

“The whole weekend, we haven’t been able to get the car like we want to,” explained the 19-year-old.

“It’s not the grip we want so it’s not ideal. It’s difficult. I think the track was still improving a little bit in Q3 but the last run was actually alright.

“But we just want a bit more stable balance, a bit more grip. We just can’t get on top of it.”

“I think they just stepped up a bit today, so we’ll fall behind a bit,” he added.

“We always try, but it will be different to beat them on merit and on pace, but hopefully something happens and I have a bit of luck.”

Daniel Ricciardo: “I’m not 100 percent sure what happened yet but it is a suspected turbo failure. I lost a bit of power down the straight and heard some weird turbo noises, I thought I could nurse it back to the pits but then it all switched off and we couldn’t save it for the session.”

“I’m just disappointed not to show more of what we could do in qualifying as these conditions should have given us a bit more of an opportunity. We were quick straight out of the box today and I was P1 before the failure, so we look pretty good on the intermediate tyre. Tomorrow is where the points are, we’ve got to work hard to get back in there but it is what it is. Mixed weather could hopefully help me out but I think in either these or dry conditions we can fight through the field and get inside the top ten.”

Christian Horner, Team Principal: “A frustrating qualifying for Daniel with what looks like suspected turbo failure, so he’ll be starting from the back of the grid together with his gearbox penalty; hopefully the race can only improve for him.

Max drove a solid qualifying and I think P5 was always going to be the maximum today, which will become fourth on the grid with Bottas’ penalty. Hopefully we can make the most of any opportunity, which includes some potential wet weather conditions, and be competitive in the race from there.”

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