It wasn’t an ideal start to the weekend for Max Verstappen, missing much of the first Friday practice session after his brakes overheated, requiring a change.
Admitting it was just the face he pushed too hard on the inlap, the Dutchman said, “It was not ideal to miss a lot of the first practice session because of my brakes overheating, but we did some good work on the car in the second session which was positive.
“The brake issue was from pushing a bit hard on the in lap, therefore the temperatures were higher than usual.
Red Bull had fallen behind Ferrari this weekend, with the Italian team taking the fight to the Mercedes and leading the second session. The Red Bull drivers were down in P5 and P7, with everyone struggling with grip.
Verstappen losing time in the morning made that back in the afternoon though, “Due to the time I missed this morning I am still not completely happy with the set-up of the car over a short distance, but I think we have found a good long run pace for now.
“It was a bit tricky out there on supersofts but the car felt especially good on the medium compound, which I think is a good sign for race day. I think we can be competitive on Sunday as I was still making set-up changes towards the end of the second session, they are starting to come together now so I can improve from here.”