“It’s been a bit rainy,” said Verstappen after setting the quickest time of the day, “but in general I think we did a good amount of laps to understand what went wrong on the weekend.
“We learned a lot already from it so in that way I think it’s very positive. We don’t have that many days anyway to really understand the car and during a weekend it all goes that quick. You’re just always doing one-and-a-half hour sessions, it’s not amazing. To have a day like this was very helpful.”
Verstappen said it was clear the team “did something wrong during the weekend” and expects they will be more competitive in the Chinese Grand Prix.
“Well it cannot be worse than what we showed here,” he said. “We made some mistakes I think in terms of set-up.
“I think if you look back to Australia we were actually quite happy. I mean of course it was still 20 seconds to Valtteri but in that race I couldn’t go and push like I wanted to because basically I was held up by cars so I think we can do a lot better than what we’ve showed so far.”
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