“You could see in lap one I think we are missing some top speed to the top guys,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “The McLarens behind are very quick on the straight.
“The car balance is not too bad. We do need to gain a bit of performance from the car to be really competitive. We do need to make a bigger step also with the engine.”
“You could see the Renault over one lap they have a quite powerful ‘quali mode’ or whatever they use in lap one,” he added. “Afterwards they have to back it out, of course, and then you can see they are not a threat any more. But over one lap we can definitely improve a bit more.”
Verstappen believes further gains from Honda are “definitely coming,” in “the upcoming races.” But he is concerned for Red Bull’s prospects at its home race.
“[It’s] not much better than this weekend, I think, to be realistic, but we will see.”
“A lot of straights and not many corners to really gain a lot – if you already gain something, because at the moment I don’t think we are that superior [there].”
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