Cape Town - 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
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.