Finishing fourth is a good result after such a chaotic race, Verstappen...

Finishing fourth is a good result after such a chaotic race, Verstappen says

Max Verstappen
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Max Verstappen started fourth in the German Grand prix and finished on the same position. Meanwhile, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo did not finish the race.

Max Verstappen

“After such a chaotic race I think finishing fourth is a good result and the car felt strong throughout the race. It was a hard day for decision making due to the late changes in the weather. I had a small slide at Turn 6 when it first started to rain so I decided to pit for Intermediates. As soon as I came out of the pits and got to Turn 6 it was dry again. I knew it was not going to work, it could have done but unfortunately, it didn’t continue raining enough.”

“Sometimes these decisions work for you, sometimes not as we experienced. The safety car meant it didn’t impact the result but it was worth trying at the time. The heavy rain came a fraction too late in the day, perhaps we could have done more but instead, we had to settle for drier conditions. We should be in better shape to get a good result in Hungary so I’m already looking forward to next weekend.”

Daniel Ricciardo

“The first 10 to 15 laps were really hard on the Medium tyre and they were a handful. I think the race would have come to us but on the first few laps I needed to be really patient and pick cars off one by one. Once I got into clean air I was able to do some low eighteens which seemed competitive at the time but we didn’t really get a chance to see what we could do. We could have gone long on the Medium tyre and I think the strategy would have worked for us towards the end.”

“On lap 29 I heard something strange when I was downshifting for Turn 6 and then once I accelerated out of the corner I lost power and the engine started to sound pretty sick. I got on the radio straight away and expected the team to ask me to pull over, which they did. I don’t know the specifics but it was some sort of engine failure which is obviously pretty frustrating after taking the penalties.”

“Anyway, would have, could have, that’s racing and I feel like I have been in this position too often this season. It hurts, it always does. I may not remember this race but I will remember the crowd, they all showed up which was really nice to see and I guess they know it may be the last time we come here for a while, it’s been a good show for them, but not for me. Hopefully, I can go and win in a week’s time before we all head off for the summer break.”