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.
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.”
Like F1 versus F1? “Yes,” he said.