Spanish Grand Prix: Red Bull can see gap to Ferrari narrowing

May 15, 2017, 09:43
Spanish Grand Prix: Red Bull can see gap to Ferrari narrowing

Ricciardo beat Verstappen 10-6 in qualifying previous year and has outpaced Verstappen on three of the five Saturday sessions this season, but in Barcelona he struggled to get close to his teenage teammate.

Max Verstappen has hailed the result of Red Bull's upgrade package a "massive improvement" after qualifying less than six-tenths shy of Lewis Hamilton's pole position time of 1:19.149 in Spain.

The Australian conceded that the vehicle was performing better on the soft Pirelli tyre than the medium, and admitted Red Bull would need to extract more from the update before qualifying if it is to challenge Ferrari.

"Absolutely, we have gone forward", he said.

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"Hopefully (we will be) closer, but I don't think we can expect to come out and win this weekend". Yeah, very happy, it was a good qualifying.

"To come from one second to six tenths is a massive step already".

"We've to wait and see what the updates will bring".

"We can not control that". "Obviously I want more out of myself, but I am not surprised if he out qualifies me in some sessions because I know he is quick".

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The Dutchman said the upgrades have translated into a huge improvement in the balance of the auto and believes the RB13 has got stronger in every area.

The Italian says that the team has a specific policy of studying other cars and working out what lessons can be taken on board with the development of the SF70H. The upgrades to the auto seem to have helped Ricciardo with the balance and feel of the vehicle. It's a much more stable balance and you can push a lot more, and I think it showed today.

"Personally for me, the balance was really good, now we just need to keep on working to get even more downforce on the auto".

Following Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, both Red Bull drivers offered positive feedback on their team's performance upgrade this weekend. Red Bull had been tipped to take the fight to Mercedes, with the sweeping aerodynamic rule changes introduced this year expected to play to their strengths.

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