Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull driver close to signing new contract

Annette Crawford
July 7, 2018

Verstappen lost the rear of his auto at the Luffield right-hander and it snapped the other way around as he tried to correct it. He attempted to catch the spin but ended up in the barrier, clouting the right rear of the RB14.

"I think I wanted to be too quick on the hard tyre, so I lost it", Verstappen explained.

The auto was recovered to the pit lane, but there was too much work for the team to do in order to get it back out on track before the end of the 90 minute session. "Unfortunately the way you hit the wall it just rips off the entire rear". It's not ideal to lose the second session, but the feeling I had before that was actually quite good.

"I think balance-wise we are not far off", he insisted, before adding: "But we are losing a lot of lap time on the straights". He was the only driver not to set a lap time in FP2.

Ferrari have Ricciardo's former team mate Sebastian Vettel, a four times world champion who is leading Hamilton by a single point ahead of Silverstone, confirmed with Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc favourite to replace Kimi Raikkonen.

"FP3 is still long enough to get that [long run] in, so I'll get some information from that, and I know I have Daniel's data so it should be all right", he said. "I think that obviously Mercedes has got so used to being at the front, qualifying on the front row, and any at race that they are not on the podium it is disastrous".


"I think we will win again this year". "Ferrari and Mercedes are strong and hopefully that is not the same for the whole weekend, we are going to try to find a bit of speed for tomorrow and Sunday".

Daniel Ricciardo re-signing with Red Bull could be a mere "formality", at least Christian Horner hopes that is the case.

Stream every F1 race live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. "And it's not a race gearbox".

He added: "It's quite hard without knowing the intricacies of other teams, but the one thing you have to do as a team is win as a team and lose as a team, and that's why we don't often - or hardly at all - talk about individuals in success or failure, because that puts an unfair amount of scrutiny and pressure on that individual".

"On that hard tyre he got into a slide, it looked like he gripped up".

"It looked a bit like the high side of a motorbike where the vehicle snapped to the left and suddenly gripped up and fired him off the circuit", said Horner.

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