Max Verstappen says Red Bull’s power deficit with their Renault engine is nothing short of a tragedy, comparing it to the difference between F1 and F2 cars.
Although the Dutchman was on course for a solid points-haul at Sunday’s British Grand Prix, he never once looked as if he could challenge for the win.
And with Lewis Hamilton putting in a recovery drive that saw him slice his way through the field, even a podium looked a step too far for Verstappen.
Either way he never got to see the chequered flag, retiring due to a brake-by-wire problem.
Verstappen told Dutch TV after the race: “I had to manage the tyres the whole way through the race but we were super-slow on the straights anyway, which was just a huge drama.
“I tried to do a one-stop. In the end I was lucky that there was a Safety Car, because that wasn’t going to work.
“After the first Safety Car I made that move on Kimi, which was nice, but it’s just incredibly frustrating how much we are lacking on the straights. It’s a real bummer.”
Asked about the power deficit Red Bull’s Renault engine had to that of Mercedes and Ferrari, he replied: “It was tragic. On the straights it’s like you are driving in a different series.”
Like F1 versus F1? “Yes,” he said.
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