The Dutchman is popping out of an encouraging pre-season testing run for Crimson Bull, with its new RB16B having confirmed to be each fast and constant.
His group’s type was in distinction to Mercedes, which had a extra troubled run in Bahrain as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas battled with a poor steadiness on the W12 at occasions.
However though Crimson Bull is proud of the place it has discovered itself in, Verstappen is very cautious about its prospects against Mercedes as he’s satisfied the German producer has not proven its true type.
“For positive the take a look at was a optimistic begin for us and you may all the time be joyful while you get that variety of laps in and get a very good understanding of the automobile but it surely doesn’t say something about pure efficiency,” he defined.
“I do know persons are excited and assume we’re simply saying this, however Mercedes are nonetheless the favourites – how can they not be once they have gained seven world championships in a row?
“I’m positive Mercedes additionally need individuals to assume we’re the favourites and put the stress on us, however we’re simply focussed on ourselves. You may ensure that everybody on this group and at Honda is pushing to beat them and anybody else who could also be fast this yr.
“I see each season as a brand new alternative to beat them, however we’d be silly to anticipate that struggle to be simple and have a look at testing and assume we’re forward.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, and Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B
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“I personally cannot wait till we’re all pushing in Q3. That’s when you will note everybody at full energy with low gasoline and that’s the time to see who developed efficiency sensible, after which within the race we’ll see who can preserve that efficiency over a race distance. Let’s hope we will be good at each.”
Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez reckoned there was little level in Crimson Bull attempting to calculate the place it stacked up towards Mercedes.
“I believe the extra you attempt to determine what different persons are doing the extra misplaced you will get, so there isn’t lots of level in studying into something,” mentioned the Mexican. “We simply have to attend till qualifying and see the place everyone seems to be at.”
Verstappen reiterated that the RB16B confirmed no vices throughout its early working, which has lifted his personal hopes that Crimson Bull ought to at the very least be capable of put up a very good struggle.
“You may’t discuss correct limitations but as we’ve got solely pushed in sizzling circumstances and each observe wants various things, however I’ve a very good really feel for the automobile,” he mentioned.
“From my facet the automobile was steady sufficient to really feel comfy. There are all the time issues to do higher however we’re all the time making enhancements and that’s what the engineers will do.”