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F1 British GP: Verstappen ‘learning’ from Ricciardo in readiness for 2017

He is an F1 race winner with Red Bull already, but Max Verstappen insists he is still learning to ensure he is ready for the 2017 season.
Max Verstappen says he is still approaching the remainder of his 2016 Formula 1 season as a 'learning year' at Red Bull, despite having already notched up a win and a further podium in the five races he has competed with the team.

The 18 year-old made history by becoming the youngest driver to win an F1 race with victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, Verstappen managing the feat in his first outing with Red Bull Racing having been promoted from the sister Toro Rosso outfit.

Since then Verstappen has thrived, producing eye-catching performances in Canada and particularly last time out in Austria when an alternative one-stop strategy spurred him on to a second place finish.

Despite this, Verstappen says there are still areas he can improve, particularly in qualifying where he has been attempting to learn from Ricciardo as part of preparations geared towards a full attack in 2017.

“You should not forget I am driving next to someone [Ricciardo] who is really quick. So it is a bit different approach for me now, I have to up my game from where I was before in Toro Rosso because he is very quick.

“Daniel is on top of that [qualifying]. Of course maybe he has had some struggles in the race, but that is also where I enjoy it – that is my part, the race. I just need to find a way how to get it a bit better in qualifying.

“I learn a lot from it [having a quick team-mate], and that is my approach to this season in general, just learn a lot to be ready for next year. And yes he is on top of that. I am definitely catching up, and the last two weekends have not shown what I am capable of in qualifying, so I am actually not too worried.

“At the end you can do a great qualifying lap but it is all about the race where you score the points, and so far that is going really well. So I don't really have a lot to complain about. I am very happy at the moment.”

A measure of the mature attitude Verstappen has exerted since his move to Red Bull, the Dutchman says he has been intentionally tuning his car to perform in the race, a strategy he feels worked wonders in Austria when he finished second from eighth on the grid.

“You are always trying to get the best possible car on Sunday because that is where you get the points.

“Maybe a little bit [of a compromise] but not too much because you want to be quick over one lap to have a reasonable starting position. I started eighth and finished second, so there are still a lot of opportunities if you have a good car in the race you can overtake instead of struggling on the tyres and just trying to hang on.”
by Ollie Barstow

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July 08, 2016 4:19 AM

hum. my first message was broken off.. part2 below... Nevertheless, VES made a similar statement then that he needed to improve his qualifying and that we would improve with experience. He then started to beat Sainz all the time, making it 9-9, only to lose the last one with a few milliseconds. Ricci is a harder nut to crack, obviously, the brilliant and experienced racing driver over a single lap that he is. No doubt, though, that VES will creep closer in time.


July 08, 2016 4:15 AM

And you should not forget that Sainz out qualified you last year as well, so perhaps not having a swipe and him would be a good idea.
Never let an opportunity go to waste to take a good swipe yourself at Verstappen, right Omega? Always the first to comment on how he's overhyped, overrated, arrogant, a whiner, etc.. Truth be told, I'm a quite a fan of Ricciardo myself and would want him to win the battle this year. But don't you think your constant drivel wrt VES is getting a bit old and clouding your judgement? He's admitting to the fact that Ricci is on another qualifying planet and that he needs to learn from him. Quite a compliment actually that you don't often see between team mates. Wrt Sainz, in the first half of the season VES was constantly out qualified as well. At one point it was 8-3 Sainz, if I'm not mistaken. I think in a couple of those VES didn't even participate in Q2 due to upcoming engine penalties. Nevertheless, VES made a similar state

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