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F1 | British GP | Work to do for Red Bull as Perez states that "the car is miles off"

The top two in the Drivers' Championship reflect on the opening day of running at Silverstone. Verstappen was 4th fastest, Checo down in 7th.

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F1 | British GP | Work to do for Red Bull as Perez states that "the car is miles off"
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Red Bull Racing didn’t have the smoothest Friday running at Silverstone ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

While FP1 was pretty much a write-off because of rain, FP2 was held in dry conditions.

Sergio Perez could only manage P7 in the second session, finishing almost 0.9s off the pace set by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The Mexican admits that the car is a long way outside the working window.

“It wasn’t a great session today,” stated Perez. “I think from our preparation that we had and simulator, the car is miles off – so we assume that there’s something going on that we need to understand. And yes, it was a very, very short long run there at the end. So yes, not a great start. We are a bit on the back foot, so we just have to understand what’s going on with it.

“It’s going to be pretty difficult [to recover] but we’ve done it before and I think as long as we are able to get things in the right place, you need the confidence around these fast corners, so as long as I’m able to get back my confidence, I think things should be alright.”

Perez believes they know where the problems lie: “We do have [an idea], I think, there are some [suspicions] on the aerodynamic side but yes, obviously, we cannot go too much into detail.”

On the other side of the garage, things were better for Max Verstappen. The reigning World Champion and championship leader clocked the 4th quickest time in FP2, a couple of tenths off Sainz.

He thinks they know what needs working on to be quicker tomorrow afternoon.

“Yes, I mean it’s always a bit tricky after not driving in FP1 for everyone, and then FP2 becomes of course a lot more of a bit of guessing, let’s say it like that, where normally in FP1 you just build it up.

“It was maybe not ideal but also not a big issue, so I think we know what we have to work on and that’s what we’ll try to do overnight, but again tomorrow probably it’s raining so we have again different type of conditions. But it was okay.

“[We did a] few laps with the softest compound, which I think is alright. It’s just around here with all the high-speed corners, the tyres in general, they wear a lot. It was always going to be, I think, quite tricky to manage the tyres.”

Unsurprisingly, the strong pace shown by Ferrari is not a surprise to Verstappen.

“Every weekend they are fast, so it’s not a surprise… [But] it was not bad, we’re still in there, there’s still a few things we need to look at, tyres as well – so it’s alright!”

 

 

 

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