New engine for Ricciardo

F1 ditching elitist image coming up with more fan events to attract more people

F1 ditching elitist image coming up with more fan events to attract more people

Ricciardo suffered a turbo failure in qualifying at Silverstone which meant new engine components were required - and he started ahead only of Fernando Alonso's McLaren.

"I think it was something to do with the turbo, that was the first noise I heard which didn't sound healthy", he said yesterday following the issue which caused the session to be red flagged.

"At the beginning I knew I was quite a bit slower than Seb so I just did my best to stay in front and have some fun, it was the only thing I could do and luckily he didn't manage to pass me on track, after that little battle my race became a bit lonely", admitted Verstappen. But a suspected turbo failure saw grind to a halt at Woodcote, stopping the session so marshals could recover his stricken RB13.

Ricciardo has finished on the podium in each of the last five races, including winning in Azerbaijan, but will now start Sunday's grand prix on the back foot.

"In the dry I thought we'd have been a bit quicker this weekend, so the dry myself and Max would have been on the third row, but in the inters condition, in the end Q3 was not inters, but in those conditions we were pretty strong out of the box we were quick".

"I was going for three and probably got over-optimistic on the outside of Grosjean, and he didn't give me much room, but I probably shouldn't have been there".

"Tomorrow is where the points are, we've got to work hard to get back in there but it is what it is. We have some upgrades coming in Hungary which I am hoping will make some steps towards being able to fight with the top two teams".

"Our pace was pretty good and the auto felt competitive during the race, it felt better than it did in qualifying so now we need to understand why we struggled yesterday".