Verstappen hopes new Bull has closed the gap

  • Verstappen hopes new Bull has closed the gap

Verstappen hopes new Bull has closed the gap

Throughout winter testing, the Milton-Keynes-based team projected itself to be within range of Ferrari and ahead of Mercedes however, after Friday running saw Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton top both sessions, Horner admitted that their pace looked stronger than his team initially anticipated.

Pre-season testing has been positive for Red Bull but, heading into the opening race of the new season, Horner says they still have some way to go to close the gap.

During Thursday's FIA press conference, when asked if Mercedes' testing form was hard to read into, Hamilton responded, "it's not hard to read it".

"Max got quite a bit of traffic on his fast laps but I think there's more potential there, there's more set-up changes. We have work to do".

"That will be hard because Red Bull is "Team Verstappen", but he has his chance and it's up to him to stand out at this level".

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Based on previous years, it is expected that Ferrari will also introduce new parts to the auto this weekend. Their auto looked really nice to drive at testing.

"We for sure have some things to improve, but I think everyone has", said Verstappen. In a way, it could be seen as mirroring Verstappen's own move to Red Bull after one full season.

"Naturally after a test, you always improve the next day as the vehicle gets older and older throughout the test".

"New information gets put in the wind tunnel, the engineers have new information and they work upon it".