Max Verstappen has said that it is difficult to say where his Red Bull car ranks ahead of the new season and has hinted that further developments will be made to the RB18 before the first Grand Prix in Bahrain on March 20th.
The first of two Formula 1 tests took place last week with the Catalunya circuit hosting as all 10 teams sent their new cars out for their first real examinations.
Indeed, there was impressive general reliability across the board – barring a few issues for some towards the end of the week – and Red Bull will be overall pleased with the work they managed to get through.
Certainly, it sounds as though Max Verstappen was pleased with the work done in Barcelona, but he admits Bahrain will see a potentially completely different outlook and that there will be changes made to his car by the time of the first race:
“It’s difficult to rate. What was positive is the car was running smooth, I was happy with the balance – but Bahrain is going to be completely different, so heading into race one, the car will be completely different as well,” Verstappen said via the official F1 website.
“So for me, I just focussed on doing a lot of laps and try to really nail down every single aspect of the car.”