Friday was a good day for Red Bull Racing in terms of speed. Yes, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo had their fair share of problems during each of the two Formula One practice sessions in Germany, but both also were very fast.
Daniel Ricciardo was P1 in the first practice but had some issues in the final one of the day on Friday in Hockenheimring. He ended up 13th on the speed charts. Where his problem is that he will face a grid penalty and start Sunday’s Emirates Grand Prix of Germany (9 a.m. ET/ESPN 2) in last. Can he really come through the field?
Verstappen may not have to worry about that.
He was third fastest in session No. 1 but fastest in the second practice. He enters the race with three podiums in his last four starts on the season and was third in this race in 2016.
They may have to deal with Lewis Hamilton still. The Mercedes driver just signed an extension to remain with the team and has a win in the last race held on this track two years ago. In fact, he has three wins in Germany all together and was second in his No. 44 Mercedes in each of the two sessions on Friday.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas was P5 in session No. 1 but rebounded to be third quick in the final session of the day.
The two Ferrari’s were behind Red Bull and Mercedes in terms of pace as hometown hero Sebastian Vettel was fourth in each of the two sessions while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth and fifth respectively.
At the moment, it appears Sunday’s race may come down to Hamilton vs. Verstappen.