Max Verstappen ‘absolutely nailed it’ to qualify third says Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo

Max Verstappen qualified third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth on Saturday at the British Grand Prix, taking the second row ahead of both Ferraris in a positive step for the team.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen shown on Saturday in the paddock during British Grand Prix qualifying. Oli Scarff / AFP / July 9, 2016
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Red Bull team chief Christian Horner was delighted – even if Daniel Ricciardo was not – on Saturday after both of his drivers qualified ahead of Ferrari for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Horner said he hoped Red Bull’s success would become a trend that helped them overhaul the Italian marque to take second place in the constructors’ world championship.

Australian Ricciardo, however, said it "sucks" to be beaten by a teammate for the first time this season after he qualified fourth behind Dutch teenager Max Verstappen for the race.

“Yeah, it’s the first time this year,” he said. “And it sucks getting beaten in any case. You’d love to go through a perfect season, but we just missed a little bit here and there today.”

The Red Bulls wound up third and fourth on the grid behind the two Mercedes of pole-man Lewis Hamilton and title race leader Nico Rosberg.

“To convert our pace into a second row grid position with both cars was certainly more than we could have expected coming into the weekend,” said Horner.

“Hopefully, we can give them a hard time tomorrow. Our long-run pace is better than our short runs.

“In the championship, we’re 24 points behind, so if we can nick a few points this weekend then there are circuits coming up that are good for us.”

On Ricciardo’s agonies, he said: “It’s the first time that Max has out-qualified Daniel since he’s been in the car, so he’ll take confidence from that I’m sure.

“It’s all pretty close. I think Max absolutely nailed it and he did the job that was required. His lap was a ‘stonker’.”

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