Red Bull missed out on a podium spot at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as Daniel Ricciardo came 5th and Max Verstappen failed to finish.
After the high of victory in Red Bull’s home race in Austria last week, the race proved a tough one for the Milton Keynes-based team.
Ricciardo and Verstappen had jumped up the order early on after a coming together between Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen saw both fall down the list. But both the Mercedes and Ferrari came back to be above the Red Bulls by the end of the race.
With 20 laps to go, the race complexion changed after two safety cars in quick succession, the first of which came shortly after Daniel Ricciardo had made a second pit-stop.
Verstappen struggled after the second re-start, and eventually a brake issue saw the Dutchman spin wide before he was ultimately forced to retire.
Meanwhile, Ricciardo was unable to catch either Raikkonen or Valtteri Bottas, and had to ultimately settle for 5th place.
Speaking after the race, Ricciardo said, “We just didn’t have the legs today. The first lap was fun and a bit crazy for sure, I don’t know what happened to Lewis but I saw he was turned around. Then with Max and Kimi we had some good battles.
“The re-starts were intense but we just didn’t have the speed on the straights to do much and behind Ferrari and Mercedes we were just too slow. I think the car in clear air was pretty good, particularly in the second stint on the medium tyre when we were able to pull away from Kimi a bit and then start catching Max.
“The team then pulled the trigger on a two stop strategy for me and then the safety car came out. We just got unlucky and lost track position. We tried at the end to pass Bottas as he was struggling more with the tyres but as soon as I got really close to him I felt like my tyres were the same age as his, you just lose the downforce and really struggle.”
Meanwhile, Verstappen was left to contemplate on what might’ve been as a week on from his win in Austria, as the Dutchman suffered his first failure to finish since Azerbaijan back in April.
He said, “It’s not a nice way to finish the triple header but luckily last week was good and the two weeks before were also positive.
“That’s racing sometimes. I’ve had it many times before and for sure it will happen also in the future, but of course I wish I would have finished fifth or at least collected some points. Because now we have nothing.
“It was quite weird, because on lap one I had a brake-by-wire issue, the pedal fell to the floor in Turn 3 but then it recovered and everything was going fine after that. Then after the second safety car I braked for Turn 16 and the pedal literally went to the floor, the rear brakes locked up and I spun off the track. We will now start to investigate what actually happened.”