The Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo registered top five finishes at the British Grand Prix.
Verstappen finished fourth in his first race finish since Monaco in May, while Ricciardo raced up from starting in 19th position to taking fifth position. The two drivers were each bumped up a spot in the final laps after a late puncture saw Sebastian Vettel finish 7th.
Speaking after the race, Ricciardo voiced his delight at his charge. The Australian rose five places in the opening lap, and recovered after going wide off track sent him to the back. In the final laps, Ricciardo was able to overtake Nico Hulkenberg before bumped up a place by Vettel’s trouble.
He said, “I hope they showed a lot of that on TV. I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it. We made up a chunk of positions early on and then I got a bit greedy, went off track and ended up at the back again. It was great fun coming back through the field and I gave it everything. I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian.
“I’ve been really happy with how I’ve been putting my Sundays together for the last handful of races, it’s been strong and to get fifth from the back today? I really couldn’t ask for more.”
Meanwhile, Verstappen was also positive with his finish after a spate of failures to finish in recent races. The Dutchman had an early battle with Vettel but lost out in a pit-stop undercut. The Dutchman had also been pulled in to pit near the end of the race like the two Ferraris due to fears of tyre trouble, although he was not as affected as the Ferrari duo.
He said, “It is a positive day. I am happy to finish the race and get some solid points once again. We got a bit lucky with Seb’s puncture at the end and I pitted to be safe as I knew I had enough room behind me. The front left didn’t feel great and having seen what happened to the Ferrari we played it safe. If I had seen Kimi pit at the end I may have stayed out to try and get a jump on him, but we made the precautionary stop to make sure we finished.
“Our pace was pretty good and the car felt competitive during the race – it felt better than it did in qualifying so now we need to understand why we struggled yesterday. Fourth is a good result – probably one place better than we expected which is always nice. We have some upgrades coming in Hungary which I am hoping will make some steps towards being able to fight with the top two teams.”