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.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F118 hours ago

New F1 facilities in Montreal ‘ready’ – Carey

Race promoter Francois Dumontier insists Montreal will be ready for the forthcoming Canadian GP. On Wednesday, Chase Carey was at...

2019 F118 hours ago

Montoya joins Racing Point as Stroll ‘mental coach’

Juan Pablo Montoya may have joined the Racing Point team. That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport,...

2019 F119 hours ago

Horner admits Red Bull-Honda ‘not as competitive’ in 2019

Christian Horner has admitted that Red Bull has taken a slight step backwards compared to 2018. The team switched from...

2019 F12 days ago

F1 experts praise Andreas Seidl at McLaren

F1 experts say Andreas Seidl is a good addition to the improving McLaren team. After the disastrous Honda years, and...

2019 F12 days ago

Haas F1 team orders to be decided by bosses – Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen says he isn’t sure if Haas will impose team orders on its two race drivers. In Barcelona, Magnussen...

2019 F14 days ago

Mexico has no contract for 2020 GP

Mexico looks set to lose its place on the F1 calendar. It is a highly popular race, but organisers are...

2019 F14 days ago

“I feel so much pressure from the Italians ” – Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi has admitted he is feeling the “pressure” to perform for Alfa Romeo. Former F1 driver JJ Lehto said...

2019 F14 days ago

Arrivabene calls on Italy to support struggling Ferrari

Former Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has called on the Tifosi to support the Italian team. In the season after Arrivabene...

2019 F15 days ago

No panic at Ferrari amid crisis – Camilleri

Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri says there is “no panic” at Maranello after a fifth consecutive defeat to Mercedes last weekend....

2019 F15 days ago

Mercedes much faster than other top teams – Gasly

Red Bull can think about beating Ferrari in Monaco next weekend. That is the view of Pierre Gasly, after Red...




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