Max Verstappen believes Red Bull are facing their most difficult weekend of the season so far after setting the fourth-fastest time in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.Mick Schumacher at the end of his lap. It left him second-fastest behind Carlos Sainz Jnr at the time, though Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton later went faster than him.
Verstappen told his engineer he was having difficulty keeping his rear tyres cool and lacked front grip.
Speaking after the session he admitted: “We are too slow, and not just a little bit, I think quite a bit.
“So we need to really find some pace. Everyone has traffic so you have to look a bit more to optimum lap times, optimum sectors, and we are quite off.”
The Red Bull driver said he doesn’t have the same confidence in his car that he has enjoyed in recent races. “It didn’t feel great to drive,” he said.
“Normally I’m quite comfortable in the car, quite easily get to a pace. But it all takes too long and just not how I like it. Maybe so far the most difficult weekend.”
Like the Mercedes drivers, Verstappen was also taken aback to see two Ferraris at the top of the times on Thursday afternoon.
“I’m surprised how competitive Ferrari is,” he said. “But I think that it shows that we are pretty weak. They are doing very well and we are very weak, so the offset is very big.
“Luckily, of course, we have a free day tomorrow so we can look at things, but a lot of things need to change out there.”
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