Verstappen: We did our best

13 November 2017 18:45:28 GMTPlus11

Max Verstappen admitted that a lack of straight line speed from his Red Bull meant it was impossible to try and challenge for victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen had to settle for fifth place at Interlagos, with Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel taking the chequered flag and his team and Mercedes locked out the top four.

And the young Dutchman was clearly frustrated at being able to compete near the head of the field, telling reporters: "It was the best position we could do. We had no chance on this track, it's really hard.

We had no chance on this track, it's really hard.

Max Verstappen

"You try to compensate what you lose on the straights and maybe ask too much of the tyres with the car balance, so we had more drop-off and it gets a bit more difficult."

Verstappen's team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, enjoyed an eventful race as he was involved in a first-lap incident, before fighting his way through the field to end one place behind his Red Bull colleague.

The Australian said after a spirited recovery: "We were able to come through the field. I got through the cars as quick as I caught them, so pretty happy with the race.

"At the start we run the engines as hard as we can. Once it kind of settled, I guess we saved them a little bit.

"This one's got to get me through to the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi, so we have to be a bit safe.

"The team told me sixth place was secure and they kind of told me to ease off a bit."

Ricciardo is priced at 4001.00 to be crowned Formula 1 world champion in 2018, with Verstappen 2001.00 and four-time champion Vettel 51.00.

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