Whilst the raw pace of the Ferrari SF90 has so far only produced zero race victories and just two podium spots between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, the straight-line speed they do have is still making many stand up and take notice.
Verstappen is also still holding out hope that Red Bull will eventually start taking the fight to the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes on merit and begin to rival them on the straight-line speeds.
“I think we still need to add more horsepower, but we are a little bit closer,” Verstappen told Autosport.
“On the car side we also need to improve to really compete. We’ll see.
“Hopefully halfway through the season we won’t have to say we can only fight on circuits without straights.
“We are still losing time on the straights, that’s a fact. Especially compared to Ferrari.
“They found something this year but nobody knows how. They have done their homework and we have to make sure we get closer with the chassis and the engine.
“It’s still very early in the season and we are third in the championship. Everything is still possible.
“We need to make sure we get good updates on the car and the engine.”
Verstappen is currently lodged in between the Mercedes and Ferrari duos in the World Championships standings, occupying P3 ahead of Vettel and Leclerc.