Mercedes will be Hunted by Bulls at Silverstone

There are no points available for Friday Practice sessions, but when the drivers put in a race stint shift in Practice 2, we’re given some insight into relative pace. 

Although Lewis Hamilton finished the session with the fastest lap, the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Ricciardo were matching Hamilton’s long-stint pace, meaning that they could be closer to Mercedes in the race than they will be in Qualifying.

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The Red Bull duo will be sniffing a podium, especially with Rosberg’s technical gremlins making it unlikely that his set-up will be tweaked to perfection for the upcoming race.

Verstappen believes the Bulls are closer to Mercedes than usual and said,

“Very good day. We are competitive and I enjoy driving here. It was a bit tricky in the second session with the wind but I think that is okay. We are quite happy. We are quite fast. And not too far off the Mercedes cars, so a pretty positive day I would say.

It is still a bit of a power track but you also have the fast corners in it, so that is good for us. It was a good day. Short run was good competitive but also long runs were very good. Pretty pleased with that. That is a bit early to say. They are pretty quick still. If we can behind them as the second team that would be pretty good.”

– Max Verstappen

If his team-mate is as good at Silverstone as he is at figuring out British food, then the horns of the Red Bull will be piercing the rear of the Mercedes on race day.