Verstappen threatens Vettel: I'll screw up Ferrari's qualifying from now on

As he prepared for his last shot at improving his grid position, he was passed by Vettel, Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg. "So I thought it would be nice to go half-half this weekend".

"They are such [bleeped out], honestly", Verstappen shouted over the team radio as he returned to the pits. Sometimes a driver will be affected so badly that they miss the flag, and this was exactly what happened to Verstappen.

Both Mercedes drivers also spun harmlessly on outlaps at the start of FP2.

And Ferrari changed the control electronics on their cars for this race to try to prevent a repeat of the short circuit in an injection control unit that caused Leclerc's problems in Bahrain. But it doesn't matter, I'll screw up their qualifying from now on as well. "I can do better and we have lots of races to prove that but, at least when I am not at the top, it's good that he is".

"We are here to do a job and of course it's a milestone for the sport but that's really kind of it".

"I hope this weekend is closer between us because this is a great track to have a real race". The first F1 race took place in 1950 at Silverstone, a converted World War II airfield in southern England.

"It is how it is, and it will make tomorrow more interesting". "However we need to keep working as we know the competition is working very hard too".

Team boss Christian Horner also later explained the Dutch driver's frustration.

But, at the second race in Bahrain, Ferrari definitively found their pace, and Hamilton is aware he only inherited his win there after an injection system fault scuppered Charles Leclerc's dominant lead. The gap to the front runners is significantly smaller than it was in Bahrain and we can have a strong race from here. I was struggling with the auto, so we've got work to do, particularly on my side as Valtteri looked much more comfortable.

Another rookie embracing the chance to switch up his helmet this weekend is Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon.

Lewis Hamilton admits he has work to do with his Mercedes vehicle after a tough second practice session in Shanghai, although Valtteri Bottas was in impressive form once again.

But although Sebastian Vettel topped the time sheets in Friday's first session at Formula One's 1,000th race, Bottas put his Mercedes on top in the second running.

"We had to stop for further checks on something on the oil", said Leclerc. Hamilton was not required to speed up in order to get all the other cars to cross the line with time left, so he went as slow as he needed to, to protect his tires and set up a good start to the final run.

Champions Mercedes have won the first two races of the season one-two but against the odds, with Ferrari looking ominously quick in Bahrain until Leclerc's loss of power.

Leclerc split the McLarens, with British rookie Lando Norris eighth, ahead of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull's Pierre Gasly.

"I didn't give up and kept pushing right to the end", Hamilton said.

  • Julie Sanders