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Verstappen points out pain point at Red Bull after Spanish GP qualifying

Verstappen points out pain point at Red Bull: 'It's been that way for the last few weekends'

22 June at 17:49
  • Nicole Mulder

Max Verstappen, considering Red Bull Racing's performance over the Grand Prix weekend in Spain, is certainly not dissatisfied with his second starting place behind Lando Norris. However, the Dutchman does stress that his team needs to work hard to stop falling behind.

Verstappen is happy with the changes Red Bull made ahead of qualifying, because until then, he felt the RB20 was slightly short of other Formula 1 teams.

"I think maybe we had a bit too much downforce. But, of course, in hindsight, that is easy to say. Until qualifying, it just didn't feel right, and the car felt too loose at the back, but we did eventually adjust that. And then you come up two hundredths short. That can happen," he soberly replied to a question from Viaplay.

Verstappen points out Red Bull pain point

"I can be bummed about it, but if you look at the whole weekend, I think this is just a good result," he adds. There is work to be done for the Austrian F1 team though: "The car [in qualifying] was just much better balanced throughout the whole corner and that made up for it, only we are still just coming up short. That's actually been the case for the last few weekends. We just have to try to work on that."

Verstappen is very happy with the RB20's qualifying pace, though. "This year, I have to say that in qualifying it's generally going very well. I feel very good in the car and I think so far almost all the laps in qualifying have gone very well. It's just very close and we no longer have that supremacy we had," he reiterated his earlier message.

This article was written in collaboration with Olly Darcy