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Max Verstappen

Verstappen sees key area for improvement at British GP

Max Verstappen was seventh on the opening day of the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen Silverstone FP2
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Max Verstappen has conceded that Red Bull look stronger on the medium compound at the British Grand Prix, and have work to do on the softs. 

The reigning world champion was fourth in first practice and seventh in second practice, although Red Bull are yet to unleash the RB20's full potential. 

Verstappen would have been closer to pacesetter Lando Norris in second practice had he not gone off the circuit at Copse corner, where he infamously crashed in 2021 after colliding with Lewis Hamilton.

Norris was almost seven tenths of a second quicker than Verstappen, who acknowledged after the session that the Milton Keynes-based team has work to do. 

“It was okay, I just overshot a bit," said Verstappen, when asked about his brief off-track excursion. "So I aborted my lap. On the soft tyre it didn’t go so well. 

"In FP2 the medium looked a bit better. So we still have some work to do. We also tried some things with the car. 

"We need to analyse what we can do better for tomorrow. That will show us which way to go tomorrow. It will probably rain, so we need to take that into account.”

The battles ahead

Despite Norris topping second practice by three tenths ahead of Oscar Piastri, it looks set to be an incredibly close weekend at the Silverstone International Circuit. 

This is exactly what Verstappen predicted ahead of the weekend, who is yet to show his true potential over a lap. 

However, in terms of the fight between Red Bull and McLaren, Verstappen was quick to note that the Woking-based outfit was very strong in the British GP last season.

"I expect it to be very close," Verstappen told select media including RacingNews365

"We had a very good qualifying in Austria and in general actually a positive weekend, apart from the race result. But I still think also McLaren like last year already here they were flying."

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