Spin unseen on TV behind Daniel Ricciardo time loss

Spin unseen on TV behind Daniel Ricciardo time loss

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will start the Spanish Grand Prix from the third row, as just two thousandths of a second split the teammates after Saturday's knockout qualifying session in Barcelona.

Verstappen said: "If maybe you say Baku again, I think at one point the team will may be tell us to calm down a bit and just follow each other, in the last few laps, I don't know".

But he's confident there is more to come from them as Red Bull fine-tunes the setup to harness the improved performance after an encouraging second session.

Ricciardo said: "If it got to that point again where there is banging wheels and stuff, then yes, especially if the auto is faster behind, then you'd probably expect at some point they might go, "right, let's swap cars and release one of them".

"There's no guarantee but that was one thing we certainly talked about".

"Q3 I think we both put in a strong lap on the supers (super softs), which wasn't, I don't think was our preferred tire".

"Yep. Just going to say yes", he replied when asked if he would be able to challenge the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers ahead of him. "At the end of the day, it has brought me to where I am so I can't really complain about that".

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Like his team mate, Verstappen was also unsure how things stood in terms of which tyre compounds were performing better here this weekend, or what the strategy will be for the race. With corners in it, it's even harder for us, because we lose even more speed because of the friction from the tires so the engine can't - we just lose more top speed.

"We've obviously got a lot of updates on the auto and we are still figuring out how to optimise those, but we don't seem too far away". That was an accumulation of events, and it was important to address all areas.

"We can still make the auto a bit better, so that's encouraging". There was a build-up and maybe a way that we could have responded better, whether it was releasing a vehicle or something.

But Ricciardo sits a position higher than Verstappen in the standings after five dramatic races.

"I don't feel guilty but I understand what they needed to do".

Jenson Button believes Daniel Ricciardo is fortunate to be in demand and wants to see the Red Bull driver at Ferrari next season.

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