Max Verstappen is the first pursuer of the Ferraris after the first free practices in Melbourne, but he thinks that the road taken in the set-up is good and that it can help him to reduce the gap from the Reds.
245 thousandths are few if we consider that we are talking about the gap between two formula 1s created by two different design groups, but they can become an important margin if we study all the factors at play that have determined that margin.
Max Verstappen chased the Ferraris in the first two hours of the track at Melbourne’s Albert Park. A track revised compared to that of 3 years ago – the last time it was actually raced – with the Red Bull confirming itself as very strong in the sections of pure aerodynamic efficiency and in difficulty in sections where the aerodynamic load makes it. as a master.
A world upside down compared to even just a few months ago, but the status quo of things speaks of a very fast RB18 in the central sector – and that’s where it makes the difference – but also in net debt in the third, where Ferrari recovers on the car of Newey from 4 to 5 tenths.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18
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The calculation of the three sectors, to date, sees the fastest Ferraris, but Max Verstappen thinks he is not so far from the Reds.
“Yes, the final sector is complicated but in my last attempt I had a car in front and that certainly didn’t help me: but I think that in Free Practice 1, and at the start of Free Practice 2, we lacked a bit of balance. And I think for the final lap we managed to improve the car a bit. In fact I was much happier. We are a bit behind Ferrari, but I think we could be a little closer than that. In the end I can say that I am. happy. We made good improvements. “
“The car, after the modifications, was better to drive. And it was good, because at the beginning on the track it was a bit complicated. But we are in the right direction. We will try to continue building our weekend in the same direction. undertaken hoping to make other improvements for tomorrow “.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
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The first two free practice sessions did not give incontrovertible verdicts, but it is almost certain that the struggles for success and for the podium will be limited between Ferrari and Red Bull. Except unforeseeable reliability problems which, with these new cars, are always around the corner.
“I think that also this weekend will be a fight between us and Ferrari. You never know tomorrow, but for now it seems that Ferrari is really strong. We still have some work to do, but we are more or less at point”.
“The new track is good. I think the asphalt grip is pretty good, the bumps have improved. I think we made this track more beautiful because you can attack the corners better while being cleaner. The organizers have done a great job.” ., finished Verstappen.