F1: Red Bull confident it can close gap

F1: Red Bull confident it can close gap

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F1: Red Bull confident it can close gap

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Although the Red Bull drivers were outpaced by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as well as the Mercedes pair on Friday, both Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo – who were 0.001s apart in fourth and fifth – are confident of improving later in the weekend.

“Ferrari is quite strong this weekend but I am sure we can be stronger,” said Verstappen. “You can see Ferrari is 0.25 seconds off and I am pretty sure we can do that as on my fastest lap I got blocked.

“I lost two or three tenths there, we are not too far off.”

Ricciardo shared his teammate’s faith that Red Bull would close in on Ferrari – and thinks Mercedes could be within range, too.

“I think we can find that little bit for tomorrow and it will be a good fight for third place,” he said. “Mercedes as expected are ahead but not miles ahead.

“Looking at today I think maybe we can still race them on Sunday, which is nice.”

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