Red Bull failed to capitalise on a positive start as they failed to grab a podium spot at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The two drivers started brightly and were challenging the Mercedes and Ferrari pair. But Daniel Ricciardo ultimately finished 5th while Max Verstappen’s race ended after 11 laps following brake pressure failure.
A tight opening saw Verstappen overtake Ricciardo to move into 4th. But almost immediately after taking an early pit-stop, the Dutchman’s car locked up under braking and slid into the barriers, ending his race.
Speaking after the race, Verstappen described the incident as ‘unfortunate’.
He said, “I had a good start, Kimi struggled a bit off the line so I passed him straight away and then I went round the outside at turn one and overtook Daniel which put me in a good position. After that I could keep up with the leaders, the car was performing really well on the tyres and the pace was good.
“I think we made the right call with the pit stop to try and undercut the two Mercedes but then the rear brakes failed on lap 12 and it was race over. These things are all a part of racing and there are definitely positives to take away from today. The car was working a lot better here than the previous two races so it’s just an unfortunate ending as we could have scored some really good points.”
Ricciardo continued and had kept pace early on with the leaders. The Australian was also involved in an incident where Lewis Hamilton tried to gain an advantage by slowing in front of him in the pit lane, which lead to the Mercedes driver receiving a time penalty.
However, Ricciardo’s new tyres took longer to warm up than the rest of the race leaders, and he fell behind them the longer the race went on. An overtaking move on Felipe Massa ultimately secured 5th for the Australian, but he was unable to catch up with Kimi Raikkonen or the podium finishers.
He said, “For me it was a race of two halves really. At the beginning of the race I genuinely thought we had a chance to win. That stint was looking very competitive and I could see Valtteri was struggling. I was at the tail end of the front pack and I could see everyone else in front of me. They were sliding and looked like they were struggling more.
“It was quite easy for me to stay there and I was looking after my tyres, so at that point I was thinking it could be on today, not only for a podium but for a win. The safety car worked for me in that we jumped up to third but it wasn’t so good for our tyres and that’s where we lost a lot of ground. Even once we settled into a pace and the chaos settled we fell back and I was struggling with grip at the front and rear. We never really got that tyre working for us today.”