Max Verstappen is not yet satisfied with how his Red Bull is performing at the Silverstone circuit. The Dutchman finished third in the first free practice for the Grand Prix of Great Britain. In the afternoon practice he set the seventh fastest time.
"It was not our best day. We still have some problems with the balance, that was the case in both the first and the second free practice," said Verstappen on Friday after the training. "The car is still sliding too much, so we still have a lot of work to do."
Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Pierre Gasly finished in both training sessions for the Dutchman, who saw a bright spot in the morning training session in the early days of the Frenchman. "It wasn't good enough today, this wasn't my best day. It hasn't been that bad this year. So we have something to make up for."
"At the same time, it is a good sign that despite all these problems we are still pretty good. That is promising," he stated.
Get to know new asphalt
The drivers seemed to be having a hard time on Friday with the new asphalt layer on the Silverstone circuit. "You just have to get to know such a new asphalt layer", said Verstappen. "It was also very windy today, which makes it not easy either."
Although there is new asphalt, Silverstone is not as smooth as a billiard cloth everywhere, the Dutchman noticed. "A lot of bumps have been added. Turn six is pretty bad, and Copse (the fast right turn after the old straight, ed.) Is very bumpy." However, the Red Bull driver also saw an advantage. "There is more grip, yes. All drivers like that."
Solve problems first
Verstappen did not want to venture into predictions for the race, for which Mercedes is considered a favorite. "I don't know yet if our racing pace can be good enough to attack Mercedes. Especially with full tanks, the car is still sliding in all directions. So we first have to solve those balance problems."
On Saturday, Verstappen runs the third training session (12.00) and the qualification (15.00). The race starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.
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