During an interview with Ziggo Sport, Verstappen is visibly in a good mood. "I'm a professional sim driver now," he says jokingly, referring to the virtual races he has participated in recently, including the 24-hour race on the long layout of the Nürburgring.
"We know the engine is better, but we are not yet where we want to be," Verstappen continued. "We are still a bit behind Mercedes, and we know that too. But I do think we have come a bit closer."
There has been plenty of discussion lately about the use of track limits. Now the raised kerbs at Turn 7 have been extended to prevent drivers going over the limits there, something Verstappen clearly disagrees with. "We were just talking about it in the briefing. I personally think it's unnecessary, because we never had track limits there."
"But because the car is a bit higher, of course the front end comes up against the kerb, and then I think: Why do we need to make a track limit somewhere where we've never had a problem with track limits? But the thing is, they're not going to change it, so we just have to drive as close to it as possible," Verstappen said.