Red Bull were very competitive in Melbourne during the first race of the season, with Verstappen claiming a podium finish in front of the two Ferrari cars.
However, Verstappen and his team-mate Pierre Gasly both struggled in Bahrain with the set-up and car balance throughout the weekend - with the former only managing P4. Gasly meanwhile, recorded his first points finish in a Red Bull - finishing eighth.
"It cannot be worse than what we showed here," Verstappen said to Crash.net. “We made some mistakes in terms of setup [in Bahrain], so I think if you look back to Australia we were quite happy.
“We were still 20 seconds off to Valtteri [Bottas], but in that race I couldn’t go and push like I wanted to because I was always held up by other cars. I think we can do a lot better than what we showed so far.”
Verstappen has claimed Red Bull are learning all of the time, though, this season and is trying to take the positives from their promising start.
“I think we learnt a lot already from it so from that way I think it is very positive,” he added.
“We don’t have that many days to really understand the car and during the weekend it all goes very quickly doing just one-and-a-half hour sessions, which is not amazing, so to have a day like this was very helpful.”