"I think I wanted to be too quick on the hard tire, so I just lost it", Verstappen said. "Unfortunately the way you hit the wall it just rips off the entire rear".
"It's not ideal to lose the second session but the feeling I had before was actually quite good so I think balance-wise we're not too far off", he said. If they're not too many straights, I think we have the best chassis, so we are very competitive.
"We don't have the package to fight on every track", said the Dutchhman.
"We have a chance to win on some tracks, and some opportunities will arise, but I still don't think we have the real pace every weekend to convince ourselves that we can be there". "Especially after Friday and Saturday where we didn't look fantastic and then going into the race I think immediately I felt I had a better balance in the vehicle, I could at least push it a bit more in the fast corners where we were losing out before and then of course, the Mercedes auto in front of me with Valtteri (Bottas) having a problem and then with the virtual safety vehicle I think the team did a good job to anticipate on that".
"At least I have two sets of softs, so that's positive!" he laughed.
He added: "It's quite hard without knowing the intricacies of other teams, but the one thing you have to do as a team is win as a team and lose as a team, and that's why we don't often - or hardly at all - talk about individuals in success or failure, because that puts an unfair amount of scrutiny and pressure on that individual".
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Having finished FP3 in fifth place, teammate Daniel Ricciardo acknowledged that Red Bull has a lot of work to do to compete with its main rivals.
Now he is fearful of a less successful weekend at the British Grand Prix where the long straights and high-speed corners might only highlight the Red Bull's weaknesses. "We'll try again tomorrow".
"The damage isn't too bad, to be honest with you, and it's not a race gearbox".
"Just keeping the tires in good condition in these uncharacteristic hot conditions in Silverstone is key".
"We certainly lose a fair bit". We will do what we can. At the moment we seem like we are not on their pace. If we can get on top of that, maybe longer runs, once we get into the race on Sunday, then perhaps things will come to us.