“It is difficult to say who will be better here,” said the Dutchman, referring to his battle with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton. Last year in Turkey, Verstappen just missed pole position behind the surprising Lance Stroll and finished sixth in the race, partly due to a wrongly adjusted front wing.
“It remains to be seen how much grip there is, otherwise it could well turn into a slide here. I find it very difficult to fill in,” Verstappen continued. The Limburger will take to the track for the first time on Friday and then expects to know more.
In any case, Verstappen has confidence in his Red Bull car. ,,We have a good package and a fresh engine. We keep pushing and looking for the perfect balance. You never really find them, but we hope to approach them again here. Although, as mentioned, there are still many uncertainties, partly due to the grip level.”
Verstappen, who turned 24 last week, took a grid penalty two weeks ago in Russia by opting for a new engine. Although he started last, he finished second after a crazy and rainy final. The damage in the battle with Hamilton, who won, was therefore limited. The difference between the two is two points with seven races to go.