Although the team claims to have found a step up in performance since switching from Renault to Honda power for 2019, the Milton-Keynes-based outfit still isn't fighting Mercedes and Ferrari regularly for wins.
Ahead of the French Grand Prix and another round of upgrades from Honda around the power unit, Verstappen says the team is still working hard to close the gap to the front.
In 2018, Verstappen finished second at the French Grand Prix in an unexpected result for the team. The Dutchman says he is hopeful of replicating the result this season after a strong few months for him.
"Last year was good for us, we got the strategy spot on and finished second on the podium, which was a good team result," Verstappen explained in the Red Bull team preview.
"It’s still a very new Grand Prix for F1 which makes it naturally more of a challenge for all teams and I had not raced there before 2018.
"It’s not an easy track, with wide-open entries to corners, which is different to most other tracks we race on. I think in general it’s good to have a Grand Prix in France.
"It’s a historic track, which is well known for its safety, it also attracts lots of fans who love the sport, which is great to see, especially for Pierre. It’s also not far from home, which makes life a bit easier.
"We maximised things in Canada and we are working hard to improve all aspects. I feel comfortable in the car so I hope we will be able to challenge the frontrunners more closely in France."