File picture of Max Verstappen© AFP
Double world champion Max Verstappen admitted Pink Bull have “work to do” to catch Fernando Alonso after being outpaced by the Aston Martin driver in Friday’s second observe on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The 25-year-old Dutchman wound up second behind the 41-year-old Spaniard, forward of team-mate Sergio Perez, who had been quickest within the earlier opening observe session.
“They’re fast,” stated Verstappen, when requested about Aston Martin’s tempo.
“However you possibly can see that in testing after they have been aggressive. They’ve had an important day – and we have now work to do.
“We all know we have now a really aggressive package deal, nevertheless it’s about placing all of the items collectively.”
Verstappen added that he and the crew had endured a tough day.
“First observe was actually dangerous. I simply could not get a steadiness, which was a bit odd as a result of in testing, no matter we tried – we weren’t that far out, so we have now a couple of issues to know.
“Even in second observe, it was tough, however I feel it was not too dangerous on the quick run and the automobile felt extra related. I simply want to seek out my rhythm once more.
“If I really feel blissful within the automobile once more and I can then we’re very quick, however ensuring that the automobile would not fall out of the window for the long term.”
Verstappen has by no means gained a season-opening race or triumphed on the Bahrain Grand Prix.