Verstappen predicts a close race despite Mercedes' one-lap pace advantage
Max Verstappen finished third in each of the Friday practice sessions, but admits the eight tenth gap in single lap pace will be too large to bridge in qualifying.
Verstappen to victory scorching 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last time out, and the Dutchman hopes that he will once again be able to challenge Mercedes on Sunday.
He admitted: “Well qualifying I don’t think so. Mercedes is really fast, but who knows in the race. Let’s see on Sunday if it’s going to be the same.”
Focussing on the longer run pace, he added: “Over one lap we are clearly lacking to Mercedes but overall, I think it was a positive day. Especially on the long runs. The car felt really nice to drive.”
In qualifying at Silverstone, Verstappen ran the hardest compound available in Q2, a decision that afforded him the most strategic options for the grand prix itself.
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