The Red Bull team comes to the British Grand Prix with a series of five victories but expects that series will be very difficult to continue because Mercedes should be a much more dangerous opponent than in previous races in Austria.
Defenders of the title have reason to be optimistic ahead of the weekend at Silverstone. Since 2013, only Mercedes cars have started from first place on that track, and of the last nine races, as many as seven have finished with a Silver Arrow victory.
In addition, the cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will have certain novelties, so they are quite careful in their announcements at Red Bull. “They bring upgrades so I think it will be closer if it works. We are very concentrated, simply ready for another racing weekend.
Of course we were happy after the last races, but we are always looking to make things even better. We will try that again this weekend ", said Max Verstappen. Extra spice to the weekend will be the new format with a qualifying race on Saturday afternoon.
"I always say that we have to work on keeping the car on the track in the best possible condition in terms of settings. Of course, with the new format, it will be harder to achieve that, but I am looking forward to the beginning of the weekend, and then we will find out exactly where we are, ”said the Dutchman.
Perez on the car
Max arrived with an advantage of 32 points over Hamilton, while in the construction standings the difference is 44 points. To maintain that advantage, Red Bull will need a good performance by Sergio Perez.
Better than the one at the Red Bull Ring two weeks ago, when he finished sixth. Checo also stresses the importance of quickly finding the right setup, which won’t be easy at all. The first free practice lasts only an hour, and after that, the qualifications are coming, which will determine the starting order for Saturday's sprint race.
“It will be very important to have safety in the possibility of a car when leaving the garage. There are weekends when you have it right away, and sometimes it takes more time." "When that happens, you may find yourself on the wrong foot.
We'll see what it looks like this weekend. In the preparations, everything was very normal for me, and it will be crucial to get to the right speed in the first training session ", believes the Mexican. Asked if he expects Silverstone to be very close between Mercedes and Red Bull, he replied: I think it will. I think it will be… Otherwise, I can't use bad words, but I think it will be fuc*ing close. ”