Ricciardo: Main Red Bull alternatives now gone

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettal and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas were in first and second place, respectively, while Ricciardo's Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was in fourth.

Verstappen's race ended after he spun out as the result of a brake-by-wire malfunction which caused clutch damage.

Ricciardo is nonetheless hopeful that he and Red Bull can profit from unusually hot weather at Silverstone in race trim.

"If it wasn't Red Bull, they are the two most attractive options".

"I tried to do a one-stop". In the end I was lucky that there was a safety vehicle, because that wasn't going to work.

"It just scrubs speed, so it's made it much more power-centric, because where you really need the power is when you put steering lock into the vehicle and you put scrub into the auto. It's a real bummer".

"It was tragic. On the straights it's like you are driving in a different series".

Red Bull are to switch to Honda engines next year in a bid to cure their power problem with Verstappen scathing about the amount of lap time lost from outright grunt. "[I'm] still trying to get a few last things sorted".

According to Horner, Ricciardo continued to lose straight-line speed to the Mercedes even when benefiting from DRS.

"You could see every time we had a safety auto and we were drag racing, we were so slow".

Speaking after the race, Ricciardo said, "We just didn't have the legs today". "Also now with the cars we have [since the 2017 regulation changes], a few more corners became flat out so it just gets more and more hard".

"For tomorrow, it is going to be a bit warmer but still a bit of a struggle compared to the guys ahead", Verstappen added.

The past two years with the current auto designs, however, it has become nearly the opposite with numerous turns Red Bull used to thrive on now easily flat-out and thus making engine performance far more crucial as several straights are now elongated. "It was a joke".

Recently, the doors slowly began to shut at both Mercedes and Ferrari, the two teams where Ricciardo had at one point ambitioned to race next year.

Although Toro Rosso, Red Bull's sister team who now use Honda power, also believed they lost around a second per lap due to their relative power deficiency at Silverstone, Horner is adamant Red Bull are right to switch engine suppliers.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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