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Max Verstappen

Verstappen: We’re just too slow

Max Verstappen

Although Max Verstappen will start the British Grand Prix in fourth place the Dutch teenager lamented the lack of pace in his Red Bull and is calling on lady luck for a helping hand for the race at Silverstone.

Verstappen said after qualifying, “We’re just too slow. It’s not even worth talking about. Because of someone’s penalty, we are on the second row. We are not fast enough to keep up with Mercedes and Ferrari.”

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“We didn’t manage to get the car how we wanted it to be this weekend and we didn’t have the amount of grip we wanted, so that’s not ideal. We’ll try and keep an eye on Mercedes and Ferrari tomorrow. It’s hard to beat them purely on raw speed, but maybe we’ll get lucky.”

With Daniel Ricciardo out in Q1 due to an engine problem, Verstappen alone flew the Red Bull flag but clearly did not have the pace to match, let alone challenge, the pace set by Mercedes and Ferrari. He was 1.5 seconds off Lewis Hamilton’s pole winning lap in he final run in Q3.

Although he was fifth on the timing screens he will start from fourth, thanks to Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas dropping five positions (from fourth) because of a five place grid penalty.

Verstappen admitted, “It was a lonely qualifying for me and we ended up pretty much exactly where I expected. We were lacking the speed and therefore unable to get close to the Mercedes and Ferraris but the car still felt good so I had fun out there.”

“Fifth was the best we could have done and I achieved that. I’ll start [the race] in fourth which of course is better but I never like to rely on penalties for other people to help, I wish I was there just on pace,” added the the youngster who will be looking for a change of fortune after three consecutive DNFs.