Red Bull: Verstappen starts British Grand Prix P4 as Pérez spins out in Q1

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    It was a tough day of qualifying for Red Bull Racing as Max Verstappen will start the British Grand Prix P4 while teammate Sergio Pérez starts P19.

    Pérez, who is once again under increased pressure after struggling to replicate the form he demonstrated at the start of the year, had a miserable time after spinning into the gravel at a rain-hit Silverstone.

    Pérez had initially set a top-ten time early in Q1, but coming into Copse Corner, he hit a wet patch and slid off the track and became stuck, which ended his session and his chances of impressing in front of the British crowd.

    Speaking after qualifying, Pérez commented: "I messed up today and it hurts a lot because to let your team down that way is not nice."

    It will be hard to recover from the back of the grid but let's see what we are able to do tomorrow."

    He concluded: "We must limit the damage and hope things go in our favour."

    Meanwhile, Verstappen managed to recover after his own incident at the same corner, which caused damage to his car's floor and limited his speed.

    He set a best lap of 1:26.203, 0.384 seconds behind pole setter George Russell, which will see him start tomorrow's lap P4 - a less than ideal situation for the reigning World Champion, who will be hoping his car can be repaired and fine tuned enough to give him a chance at chasing down the leaders and claim another Grand Prix victory.

    After qualifying, Verstappen said: "The team did a great job trying to recover some of the bits and optimise the balance from front to rear, but it majorly affected our qualifying."

    He added: "I was lucky to be in Q3 after that and in the end to qualify in P4 was a bit of a positive surprise and the best we could do today."

    Red Bull CEO and Team Principal Christian Horner also spoke, saying: "It was a brilliant lap by Max."

    "To get on the second row with that amount of damage? We'll take that."

    He said: "For Checo, no one will be more disappointed than he, going out in Q1 like that."

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