Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull can be Mercedes’ closest challenger on Sunday for the British Grand Prix.

During the second free practice session, Daniel Ricciardo finished four-tenths adrift Lewis Hamilton in second position, while Verstappen was a further two-tenths of a second behind in third. But it was the race simulation pace Red Bull showed that gives Verstappen confidence his team can be best of the rest.

“I enjoy driving here and we are competitive, although it was a bit tricky in the second session with the wind but that’s the same for everyone,” he said.

“Long run and short run pace was good so we are hoping to be close to the front.”

Ferrari will be a concern to the Milton Keynes outfit as the Scuderia shared similar long-run pace to the Red Bulls during FP2, however both teams were comfortably ahead of the Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

“You never know what Ferrari or other teams will do but for the moment we are very happy with where we are, it’s a bit of a power track but there are still some corners which suit us.

“We are not too far off the Mercedes which is always good. I think if we can be the second team on the grid; that would be very good.”

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