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Red Bull 'just too slow' to fight Mercedes - Verstappen

  • Published on 12 Jul 2020 17:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull was “just a bit too slow” in its fight against Mercedes during the Styrian Grand Prix, according to Max Verstappen.

The Dutchman crossed the line in third place after being overtaken by Valtteri Bottas towards the end of the grand prix.

Verstappen tried to fight off Bottas and recaptured the position on the Finn's first attempt, however the fresher tyres on the Mercedes aided Bottas' charge to second place on lap 67.

Verstappen couldn't mount an attack on Hamilton during the opening stint of the race, with both cars equipped with the soft tyres. 

“I tried [to fight] but we are just a bit too slow,” Verstappen said. “I pushed as hard as I could. Also when Valtteri tried to pass me, I tried to make it a bit difficult. I knew he was going to get by one lap later.

“But it was fun, because the rest of the race was pretty boring. A podium is good but there's still a lot of work to do.”

F1 will now depart from the Red Bull Ring after two consecutive races at the Austrian venue and travel to Hungary, where Verstappen almost won last year before a late-race overtake by Hamilton.

When asked if Red Bull will be in a better position to fight next weekend, Verstappen said: “I don't know yet. We'll look into it and see next week.”

Verstappen currently sits seventh in the drivers' standings, with his 15 points from Sunday his only score so far following his DNF last weekend. 

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  • they still need more power, methinks. Basically more of everything. Merc' are just too good this year. Max did all the difference in that car, but Albon's showing imply that RBH sadly won't mount a legit Merc challenge this year. :/

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    • Jul 12 2020 - 22:33
  • Verstappen was very good, he drive that car to it's limits and max'd the points available. Despite still behind the Mercs, it feels like they have closed the gap a little - Albon's performances are solid for the second driver and lets face it he could have won last weekend so a lot to fight for and as a minimum must capitalise on Ferrair's 'muppetry'.

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    • Jul 13 2020 - 09:31

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