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Max Verstappen says he will have to rely on Daniel Ricciardo's data coming into the remainder of the Russian Grand Prix after having his progress halted by more technical gremlins on the Red Bull RB13.

Though the Dutchman would turn in the fifth fastest time, three tenths up on team-mate Ricciardo, he'd be stopped in the midst of his race simulation by a fuel pressure problem that would stop him from getting back out again.

Ending the day a sizeable 1.4secs down on the top spot, Verstappen was frustrated by the stoppage - which comes after brake issues forced him to retire from the Bahrain Grand Prix - but accepts the Sochi Autodrom is not a circuit that ultimately suits the Renault-powered car.

"We think it was a fuel pressure issue. It was a shame, not a long run but that's how it is. Daniel did a long run so we can look into the data for that for Sunday.

"Qualifying will be very interesting because to get it in one lap will be very hard, so let's see. This track is just not good for us because of the long straights... we just try to make the best of it."

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