Verstappen took pole place for Crimson Bull for the F1 season-opener and led the opening levels of the race, however continuously reported issues and was unable to drag greater than two seconds away from Lewis Hamilton.
This allowed Hamilton to pit early and get the undercut on Verstappen, laying the foundations for the Mercedes driver to win the race by zero.7 seconds following a late battle.
Crimson Bull F1 advisor Marko mentioned the differential difficulty within the opening levels was costing Verstappen round three-tenths of a second per lap, with teammate Sergio Perez managing an analogous difficulty on his automobile.
“What was most severe originally of the race was that there have been issues within the differential space,” Marko mentioned in an unique interview with Autosport’s German language sister website Formel1.de.
“In Sector 1, we misplaced drastically, as much as three tenths per lap. The identical was the case with Perez, by the best way. Not solely was there much less grip, however the rear wheels had been spinning and the tyres had been getting sizzling.
“Throughout this section, we did not handle to realize the benefit we’d have wanted to keep away from an undercut. We fell again from 2.5 to 1.7 seconds. That was the decisive section of the primary stint, the place we had been clearly handicapped.
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“After which we had one other downside, specifically that we needed to flip down the engine energy resulting from temperature issues. However Max nonetheless managed to catch up.”
Verstappen was in a position to catch Hamilton within the closing levels due to a tyre benefit, however made an overtake off-track at Flip four and was requested to provide the place again.
Hamilton was then in a position to hold Verstappen at bay and stop him from making a second overtake, guaranteeing Mercedes made a successful begin to the season.
Regardless of lacking out on the race win, the efficiency however marked Crimson Bull’s strongest begin to a season for plenty of years, giving the group hope of mounting a sustained title problem.
Waiting for the second race of the yr at Imola, Marko mentioned that even with a robust automobile and energy unit package deal, Crimson Bull would nonetheless should carry out flawlessly to defeat Mercedes.
“I feel with the package deal now we have, a really aggressive engine, a chassis that reacts properly to the whole lot, that we’ll be again on par with Mercedes,” Marko mentioned.
“We all know now, you’ll be able to solely succeed in opposition to Mercedes for those who act flawlessly. Every thing needs to be proper.
“We assume that it is going to be an analogous state of affairs – hopefully with a reversed podium and Max on prime.”