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Verstappen felt he was "flying" after switching to medium tyres

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Verstappen felt he was "flying" after switching to medium tyres
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Jun 20, 2016, 4:15 PM

Max Verstappen says he felt like he was "flying" after switching to medium tyres at his second stop in the European Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12

Like Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo the Dutchman hit degradation problems on the supersoft, and after an early stop and a short stint on softs both men went to mediums, which the team had not anticipated using. However, they proved to be very competitive.

"For me it was mainly the supersoft and the soft," he said. "We had too much rear degradation, after three laps there was nothing left on the rear, so that just made it very difficult.

"But as soon as we switched to the medium tyre, for me personally it felt like I was flying.

"Especially the last 15 laps it felt really good, and to turn the fastest lap time as well on the medium tyres is not too bad, and also I was catching up on the guys in front of me.

"I finished eighth, almost seventh. I think I can be happy with the performance I showed, but of course you want to finish higher up, that's for sure.

"I did some good overtakes again, and I enjoyed it. It was not so easy to catch up the guys in front of me because I lost a lot of ground in the beginning, but I think my last stint was very good."

Regarding Red Bull's home race in Austria, he said: "It's always great to drive there, and there should also be some Dutch fans there. But the track is not our favourite as well.

"We'll try to do the best possible job, but we know for sure it will not be out strongest circuit."

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