Connect with us

2018 F1

Spanish P3 a great booster for Verstappen – Red Bull

Published

on

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says that Spanish Grand Prix third place will give a confidence boost to Max Verstappen for upcoming European races. The Dutchman made his first season podium finish at Barcelona after a difficult beginning to the year.

Sebastian Vettel made a good start from P3 and managed to pass front-row starter Valtteri Bottas who slotted into third ahead of Kimi Räikkönen (who retired mid-stint of the race following engine trouble) and the Red Bulls.

During the final VSC period Ferrari decided to pit Vettel for new mediums. The German rejoined in fourth place between Max and Daniel as Bottas moved into P2 ahead of Max.

The Dutch driver hit trouble soon after the VSC withdrew, however. Attempting to pass backmarker Lance Stroll he clipped the rear of the Williams and damaged his front wing.

The damage might have given Vettel hope of a return to a podium position, but after being told by his race engineer that his wing was structurally sound despite damage to the end plate, Max drove around any problems and actually stretched his advantage over Vettel to 2.7s.

Finally Max finished third at the Circuit de Catalunya to stand on the podium for the first time in F1 2018, holding off Vettel.

“It’s a great booster for Max to stand on the podium for the first time this year,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.

“He’s had a difficult start to the season, so starting a new chapter in Europe I think will really settle him and send him on his way.”

“I think we had a very fast race car again today. Our problem is we have got to do a better job on Saturdays, we have got to get further up the grid,” Horner said.

“Starting fifth and sixth, you are in the dirty air, you’re in the mess at the start, and I think if we can just get a little higher up the grid then bigger results are going to come.”

“We’re looking forward to Monaco. The car has been strong in sector three which is usually a good indication for a track like Monaco. Both drivers have always gone well around there. It’s an opportunity for us.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F14 weeks ago

Lauda announces 2019 grand prix return

Niki Lauda has allayed fears that he might not return to his post at the grands prix with Mercedes. In...

2018 F14 weeks ago

Sauber still building staff numbers – Vasseur

Sauber is still building up its staff numbers, boss Frederic Vasseur has revealed. The Swiss team almost collapsed two years...

2018 F14 weeks ago

Red Bull ‘will look to Verstappen’ in 2019 – Horner

Max Verstappen will have a more significant role at Red Bull next year. That is the view of Christian Horner,...

2018 F14 weeks ago

London could join Silverstone in F1 – Brawn

Ross Brawn says a grand prix in the centre of London would be “unacceptable”. But the F1 sporting chief thinks...

2018 F14 weeks ago

Kubica not offended by Vettel comments

Robert Kubica says he is not offended by comments made by quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari’s Vettel said that...

2018 F14 weeks ago

Verstappen happy with Ricciardo replacement

Max Verstappen says he is happy with Red Bull’s pick for his new teammate. The Dutchman says he cannot understand...

2018 F14 weeks ago

Renault to keep working over Christmas

Staff at Renault’s works F1 team will work throughout the Christmas and New Year period. That is the news from...

2018 F11 month ago

Force India to launch 2019 car in Canada

Force India has become the second F1 team to announce a reveal date for its 2019 car. Ferrari boss Maurizio...

2018 F11 month ago

“it was a difficult experience, but it made me stronger,”- Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin says his aim is to return to formula one in 2020. The Russian has been replaced at Williams...

2018 F11 month ago

McLaren success is ‘long term’ aim – Sainz

Carlos Sainz says McLaren is aiming for success only in the medium to long term. The Spaniard says he is...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media