Verstappen not anxious about McLaren, Renault

Verstappen not anxious about McLaren, Renault

Verstappen not anxious about McLaren, Renault

The last day of pre-season testing for the 2018 Formula One championship...

But while the Milton Keynes-based outfit is not yet bullish enough to declare itself firmly a victory contender, Verstappen has made it clear that he is no longer anxious about opposition from within the Renault-powered camp.

"You pay attention to everybody, but I don't think they will be our main rivals", the 20-year-old Dutch driver told reporters at the Circuit de Catalunya when asked about the other Renault-powered teams.

"So far we had minor issues but I think that was because we didn't do a good job enough to prepare the auto".

"Probably we need the last day to do some laps and to do some long runs, and to check extra things that you keep discovering about the new vehicle, but in terms of fundamental answers that we needed over the winter test they are already OK and we have all of them".

"Yeah, quite good", he said.

"But I think we're going to fix it and if we can be competitive we're going to have what we wanted".

"For sure this week is better than last week, in terms of temperatures and what you can learn from the auto. Looking forward to taking this auto to Melbourne!". We have not lost our capability of designing fast cars and I hope you will see it on-track soon. "After that you can really quickly say if you can fight for the title or not, of course".

But with the Bulls targetting Mercedes and Ferrari, Verstappen says he's not anxious about those behind.

His team-mate Lewis Hamilton focused on race simulations in the morning, ending up 11th on the timesheet.

The two-time World Champion reasoned that "there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the car", arguing that. despite the setbacks, "that is making us in a strong position for Australia because we are strengthening all the small things".

While the eight days of pre-season has provided few definitive answers about the initial 2018 pecking order, one consensus is that the leading three teams of recent seasons - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull - will go to Melbourne clear of the field.

"We had only minor issues which were all different".

Marko also felt that Red Bull held the advantage over Ferrari, despite Sebastian Vettel's record breaking lap of Barcelona on Thursday.

Alonso posted a 1m17.784s with just over 10 minutes of the afternoon session remaining.

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