Verstappen tops first practice at Sepang

Ruben Hill
September 29, 2017

"What can I do?" the 19-year-old told Auto Motor und Sport.

Despite failing to reach his targets this season, Max Verstappen is still a happy Red Bull Racing driver.

"I just have to see the positives of the season, which is qualifying".

'My approach is right, so why should I change something? "I am fast", he said. "We can see from the telemetry that I don't do anything wrong or different to Daniel".

The Brazilian was limited to just three laps with his mechanics investigating a hydraulics problem on his auto.

"Brazil is always an unknown, but here, Japan, Austin and Mexico, and maybe Abu Dhabi as well, these kind of relatively high downforce, high speed circuits we will be close to a podium". "He is very fast".

And after winning four World titles on the trot, Vettel not only lost the crown that year but found himself beaten by Ricciardo - the first time in his F1 career that he lost to a team-mate in the standings. "That's a lot of time". "This afternoon, we weren't that competitive looking at Ferrari but it looked like Mercedes struggled as well".

"I am very self-confident", he added.

"I really didn't think our vehicle was well suited to the track, but Lewis' problem opened the door and then I held off Max (Verstappen, Red Bull teammate) in the closing stages to take the win". "I am also honest and straightforward - I do not lie".

Verstappen has refused to comment on rumors that Honda could be partnering with Red Bull in 2018 as an engine supplier, booting Renault to deal with McLaren and its factory team.

"In general the mood in the team is better and better", he said. "We just need to check where we can still improve because we are still not quick enough compared to Ferrari".

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