Red Bull F1 saw their drivers take top 5 finishes in the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, with Max Verstappen finishing third.
Verstappen’s place was Red Bull’s 150th top 3 finish in Formula One. This came despite a minor collision seeing Verstappen finish the race with front wing damage.
Meanwhile, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo came fifth, although the Australian did have the satisfaction of setting the race’s fastest lap.
It was a marked improvement for the team, who saw their drivers collide with one another in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix two weeks ago to end up with nothing.
On the circuit where he won his first Red Bull race, Verstappen spoke of his delight to gain a first podium of the season, although he did admit the team had a little luck when a mechanical fault left Kimi Raikkonen unable to finish.
He said, “I always feel quite good on this track and today has been a nice turning point after the first few races where it hasn’t gone to plan. To come back and get on the podium is really nice.
“The car behaved really well all race on both soft and medium tyres. It felt balanced and had good pace so I was confident I could push on and achieve a good result. We lost a bit too much time at the beginning behind Kimi and it would have been hard to overtake him. We got a bit lucky with him having the problem and therefore allowing us to get an extra place and increase our speed.”
Meanwhile, Ricciardo felt he had a strange race after spinning during a virtual safety car period after a breakdown, and was left unable to mount a challenge on the cars ahead.
“It was certainly a strange race. At the beginning we had good pace and it seemed like Kimi was a bit slower than Max and myself. I thought I was faster than them but then once they picked up the pace I wasn’t really able to go with them.
“When we pitted for the medium tyre we came out in traffic and lost some rhythm. I also had a spin on the VSC re-start, struggling to keep heat in the tyres, which really put me out of the race. Fortunately there were no walls but it put me in no-man’s land.”