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Verstappen hails Red Bull improvements

2017 Spanish Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen has praised the improvements Red Bull have brought to the RB13 this weekend that have closed the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari.

Speaking after qualifying fifth on the grid for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, Verstappen says that he is much happier with his Red Bull this weekend.

“The car was working really well,” says Verstappen. “I think the whole weekend, we were fighting a little bit with balance with the new package. I think we made the right changes for qualifying. It was all working really well.”

“Best balance I’ve had all season so far. To be only sixth tenths off is a massive improvement. Big congratulations to the team for giving me such a good car as last qualifying the gap was one-and-a-half seconds. All the people at the factory can for sure be very happy with this. Now we need to keep pushing and try to improve more.”

Returning to the track where he claimed a record-breaking debut victory in 2016, Verstappen says he is enjoying being back at the Barcelona circuit this year.

“It’s always nice to come back but I’ve always enjoyed driving this track,” says Verstappen.

“I’ve driven it a lot on the simulator already. The shape of the track suits me quite well. There were a lot of Dutch fans around the track and that’s a nice atmosphere.”

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  • 3 comments on “Verstappen hails Red Bull improvements”

    1. Good to see a rebdull closer to the front but what on earth happened to Danny Ric?

    2. RB improved more then I expected, but still running 5th on some distance, so hope they can improve the motor too. No idea what’s wrong witch RIC. He was slower the whole weekend. Guess he needs more time then VER to learn how to deal with those improvements. RIC is very good driver but I think the immense natural talent of VER gives him a big advantage when circumstances (car, weather, track, competitors) change. RIC has just a longer learning curve but he will be there.

      1. AntoineDeParis (@antoine-de-paris)
        14th May 2017, 9:51

        “RIC has just a longer learning curve but he will be there.”

        Yup, something like that
        I think he doesn’t like these new cars much. Still adapting.
        Don’t forget his “My time” on helmet.

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