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Sport No chance: Mercedes lead is too big, Verstappen says

19:26  01 august  2020
19:26  01 august  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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The most important question first: Does Max Verstappen believe that it has a chance of winning in the Great Britain 2020 Grand Prix in Silverstone ? His answer: "Usually not." Because Mercedes was too strong in Qualifying . Verstappen, the best Mercedes pursuer, was already 1.022 seconds short of third.

But he never had any illusions, Verstappen continues. Therefore he was "not surprised" by this clear result. "We noticed very early in qualifying that they were simply too fast."

"The gap is really big. It was the same in previous races. You have to accept that. And then you try to do the best you can. It is third for us. I am very satisfied with that. Nothing more . "

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And "more" is probably not possible in the race, even though Red Bull is generally "a little closer" on Sundays, Verstappen says. "I'm not saying that we can fight Mercedes, but at least we have a chance." But he would be satisfied "if we could follow them a bit and get points".

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The weather did not matter. "Even if it had been 35 degrees Celsius again today, I would still have been third. Maybe it would have helped a little, but not much," Verstappen says. "We would still have been a few tenths back."

Currently, he and the team are not so much concerned with the direct duel with Mercedes, but with the technology of the RB16. "To Hungary," said Verstappen, "driving in P3 is a good start, because Hungary really wasn't going well."

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At the Hungaroring, Red Bull had again determined that the current Formula 1 racing car still has some weaknesses that have not yet been eliminated. "It's better," Verstappen says, "but there are still things that need to be improved." He does not go into details.

Just so much: "We know what the causes are. Now it's about bringing various parts to the car to make the car faster." And that will take time.

But does Red Bull really have the time in the 2020 Formula 1 season to make the RB16 a potential winning car? Verstappen believes in the potential of the vehicle, which is far from being exhausted. But he's also a realist.

"The problem is: The distance [to Mercedes] is huge. It will be really difficult to make up for this gap. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Let's see what happens."

With images from Motorsport Images .

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