Max Verstappen says he will need more than just the two Mercedes cars to retire this weekend in order to repeat his 2016 Spanish Grand Prix victory.
Verstappen scored his breakthrough victory at this race 12 months ago after the Mercedes pair collided at the start. But despite Red Bull’s latest upgrade he believes a win will only be possible “if we have four cars shunting”.
“It was positive,” Verstappen said of his first run in the upgraded RB13. “We’re closer to Ferrari. Mercedes, it looks like they’re brought a very good upgrade package as well. I think we’re still third team but it’s alright.”
“I think we’re a little bit happier but we still need to work hard to get more pace in the car and also the engine.”
His team mate Daniel Ricciardo said the upgrade had delivered exactly what the team had expected.
“There was times when it felt pretty good, times when we’re still finding our way with it. I think the medium [tyre], the start of P2, was a struggle. But we found a bit more with the softs. We’re getting there, we’re feeling a bit of progress, we need to keep fine-tuning it.”
“It’s for now as expected. We’ve made some progress but we knew it wasn’t going to put us up with Mercedes or anything. We can still perfect what we’ve got, get a few more tenths out of it. Obviously we want more but we’re in line with what we predicted.”