"He's had a hard start to the season, so starting a new chapter in Europe I think will really settle him and send him on his way".
The Dutchman was just 0.002s ahead of Ricciardo in fifth and sixth respectively for Sunday's race.
"It is a little bit disheartening as I don't really know what I could have done more with what we have".
That's not to say Verstappen's race wasn't without some incident, as he had to nurse his Red Bull home with a damaged front wing after clumsily making contact with Lance Stroll behind the Virtual Safety Car. Remember that stern talking to - complete with finger-wagging - you received; the one that went "don't touch this" and "don't do that" because she'd know, and "woe betide you" if you disobeyed?
"Q3 I think we [Verstappen] both put in a good lap on the supers, which I don't think was our preferred tyre, just the way the auto is feeling this weekend I felt the softs were better so that is why I went for them in the second part of Q3". I chipped away on my lap time by a few hundreds, but it wasn't enough and they [Mercedes] put in some belters at the end.
Unsurprisingly, Verstappen said he hoped the result was a sign that his fortunes are changing at last.
But while Max Verstappen might have claimed his first podium finish of the season in third, a disappointing performance in qualifying and a deficit of nearly half a minute to race victor Lewis Hamilton mean the Milton Keynes outfit are still some way off where they want to be. [I] felt like if you got lucky you could put in a blistering lap but yeah, probably one out of five I could make it happen and the four other laps I was sliding and yeah, struggling to stay on. It's just all a bit more painful for us.
"And from turn 7 to turn 10 is also straight now because turn 9 is flat".
"I still don't know what is the fastest tire to be honest", continued Verstappen. "I chose the supersoft, Daniel went on the soft".
It meant a clear competitive picture was even harder to discern than usual. Honestly I haven't seen really.
"So a lot of people will be choosing the Soft and the Medium".