Red Bull head to Silverstone full of confidence after 5 successive podiums for Daniel Ricciardo, including that win in Baku. As the British Grand Prix approaches, Max Verstappen and Christian Horner sat down with Mobil 1 The Grid to preview the race…
Red Bull had a slow start to 2017 but recent races have been great for them. Five successive podiums including a win for Ricciardo have shown that progress has been made by Renault’s engine and the teams upgrades to the RB13. Silverstone presents a great challenge for all the drivers, but one that they enjoy. The sweeping section of Maggots and Beckett’s will be even more spectacular this year with the new cars, and it could well be the high speed cornering nature of the circuit plays massively to the strengths of the RB13…
“We are certainly hoping that Silverstone will suit the RB13. Fast corners, sweeping track. It should hopefully play to some of the strengths and characteristics of the RB13, its a track the drivers really enjoy and its still a big challenge.”
The track played host to the first ever Formula 1 race back in 1950 and Red Bull currently hold the lap record, courtesy of Mark Webber back in 2013. Verstappen took second place at the race last year, including a memorable pass around the outside of Nico Rosberg through Becketts and onto the hangar straight. That part of the track also happens to be Verstappen’s favourite section, so it is no wonder that he was dynamite through it last year! He will probably aim to do something similar this year and end his recent run of bad luck.
“My favourite part is definitely Maggots and Beckett’s. They are the most challenging bits and very high speed, and in terms of overtaking its a bit more difficult at Silverstone but I would go maybe with the back straight after the fast corners.”
The track is also just 10 miles from Red Bull’s Milton Keynes headquarters. The close proximity to the track gives many team members the chance to go to the race and see the cars they tirelessly prepare week in week out for the various tracks around the world.
Despite the presence of British drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jolyon Palmer, support for Red Bull can still be strong, especially with two likeable guys in Verstappen and Ricciardo. Verstappen got a big cheer when he passed Rosberg last year, although a lot of that was probably down to him taking points off Rosberg for Hamilton in that race. Still, Silverstone will probably be a happy hunting ground for Red Bull and after a great showing again in Austria, the team can have high hopes of another podium. Who knows, perhaps Verstappen can go one better this year for the victory. Either way, it is going to be a great weekend of racing!