Red Bull duo celebrate double podium


Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen had plenty to celebrate on Sunday night as they bagged Red Bull’s first double podium of the campaign, and P2 in the standings.

The Red Bull pairing engaged in battles with Nico Rosberg, at times wheel-to-wheel and at other times off the track, for the final two podium places at the Hockenheimring.

Ricciardo emerged P2 while Verstappen joined him on the podium in third place.

“That is two weeks in a row I’ve been on the podium,” said Ricciardo, “and it is great to have the race back here in Germany.

“This is the first double podium for us in over a year and it is awesome to close out the first part of the season like this.

“It was a race of strategy first and on the supersofts I was much more comfortable.”

He added: “We couldn’t win but second and third is not too bad.”

Sunday’s result elevated Red Bull to second in the Constructors’ Championship on 256 points, 14 ahead of Ferrari.

Verstappen reckons the result was largely due to Red Bull’s incredible start as he went from fourth on the grid to second at the first corner, while Ricciardo was third.

“We had a good start, from there on the pace was pretty good,” he explained.

“The pace was pretty good, I was enjoying it and we played really well as a team as we chose to do two different strategies.

“To get a double podium out of it was the main target and score more points than Ferrari, and that’s what we did today.”