Red Bull surprised the Formula 1 establishment by topping the timing screens in both free practice sessions on the opening day of the German Grand Prix, and as a result Max Verstappen is feeling bullish ahead of qualifying.
Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the morning FP1 session and in the afternoon it was Max Verstappen’s turn to set the pace in FP2. His best lap time of 1:13.085 was the fastest ever set around the current Hockenheim configuration.
Verstappen said afterwards, “It’s looking good. We were quick one every tyre compound and on my fastest lap, I had some traffic. After that, we had a small oil leak, but luckily we could do some laps at the end to check everything was fine.”
“We can still improve — my lap was a bit compromised as I had traffic. I hope that tomorrow we can be close and maybe with the weather, we will see what happens. It’s good the car is working well.”
Looking ahead to qualifying, Verstappen added, “We’ll have to wait and see what the weather does, but hopefully we’re close.”
Although he topped the timing screens at the end of FP2, he missed most of the last half hour due to an oil leak which appeared to affect his downshifting.
The Red Bull crew sorted out the issue and with a few minutes remaining in the session, Verstappen managed to get out and do a systems check. The problem apparently sorted.