Verstappen eyes podium after edging Ricciardo

By on Saturday, July 9, 2016
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Max Verstappen is hopeful that he can convert his grid position into a podium at the British Grand Prix after he out-qualified Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time.

Verstappen collected third place on the grid, with Ricciardo in fourth, behind Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

"I’m not focusing on trying to beat my team mate, the points come from the race so that is the important part for me," he said.

"The car has been performing brilliantly all weekend so I’m looking forward to the race. Hopefully we can maintain this position, it will be important to try and keep up and also keep fighting behind.

"If it rains we could be a lot closer to Mercedes but if not then we’ll try to just keep position and we will be very happy with that."

Ricciardo added: "Obviously, I would have preferred third rather than being fourth but that’s how it is today and tomorrow we’ll aim to go better and as good as we can.

"It’s going to be cooler tomorrow and you never know what’s going to happen, but I think we’re pretty confident where we sit. The two Mercedes will probably fight at the front and behind them it should be a good battle."

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