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Verstappen backing Red Bull to improve pace

18th April 2019, 18:05 by Craig Smithson

Red Bull's Max Verstappen is hoping his car will be in a position to challenge for race wins by the halfway stage of the 2019 season.

The 21-year-old Dutch driver has made a solid enough start to the Formula 1 campaign with his third-place podium finish in Australia followed by successive fourth places in Bahrain and China respectively.

As a result, Verstappen sits in third place in the early drivers' standings, ahead of both Ferrari drivers, but he is still not satisfied with the pace of his car in comparison with the Scuderia and leaders Mercedes.

However, he is feeling confident that new engine suppliers Honda will be in a position to provide a competitive package at the halfway stage of this season.

"I think we still need to add more horsepower, but we are a little bit closer. On the car side, we also need to improve to really compete. We'll see," Verstappen told Autosport.

"Hopefully halfway through the season, we won't have to say we can only fight on circuits without [long] straights."

"We are still losing time on the straights, that's a fact. Especially compared to Ferrari. They found something this year, but nobody knows how. They have done their homework, and we have to make sure we get closer with the chassis and the engine," Verstappen added.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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